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6 Great Ways to Teach Your Kids to Code - Yahoo Tech

Jason O. GilbertTechnology Editor

Everyone is familiar with the three R’s of education. But there’s a fourth R that’s nearly as important as reading, ’riting, and ’rithmetic but rarely taught in schools: ’riting code. 

By the year 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the U.S. economy will need more than 1.4 million programmers — or nearly four times the number of students who will graduate with computer science degrees over the next 10 years. Yet 90 percent of schools don’t offer any computer programming classes, according toCode.org

That’s where the Internet comes in. There are dozens of sites that can help your budding geeks learn programming fundamentals, many of them free. (They can also help you add JavaScript and other programming languages to your own skill set. Hey, it’s never too late.)

From the basics of code for tots to full-blown computer programming courses for adults, a coding education could be closer than you think. Here are six of the best places to do it.

First steps
Before your kid starts hammering out thousands of lines of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) or becomes fluent in Perl, he’ll need to understand the underlying structure of programming languages. Sounds boring, right? Not necessarily. These four interactive resources can make learning the concepts behind coding quite fun: ...more



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