What is the language of the future? Take a guess. No, not English. Not Chinese, either. How about I give you a hint: the language of the future is not a spoken language, it is only written, or more often, typed.
Since the invention of machines, even before digital computers, programs have been used to communicate instructions to a machine. When computers were invented, these programs grew as computers were able to do more and more. With the invention of the internet, the language of programming evolved exponentially, with a demand for creating new websites and applications. Today, people everywhere are a click away from their favorite website, videogame, social media platform, blog, or app.
Who creates those sites? Someone, somewhere, is sitting behind a computer, fiercely typing a secret language of words, symbols and numbers into their computer in order to make that website available to you. Not only do these people create new sites, but they also have the power to keep those pages you love so much working and running properly, with constant updates and “bug” fixes. Remember that time Netflix was down? Or when Instagram wouldn’t load, but you really needed to post that pic of your breakfast? Call the coders to the rescue!
Today, there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of different programming languages around the world. The use of computers, smartphones, tablets, and the internet is still growing, and there is a need for coders and programmers everywhere.
So how do we learn these languages? How do we teach our children this language that is going to be so vital to our online future? Code.org is a non-profit organization “dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color.” In 2013, this organization started a movement called the Hour of Code. It happens during Computer Science Education Week in December, and students across the world can participate in just one hour of coding. One hour might not be enough to learn a new language, but this program helps kids and adults learn about coding and gain interest in it.
As I am writing this blog, nearly 150 million students have participated in the 2015 Hour of Code. The program is offered in more than 180 countries across the world in over 40 different languages.
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