The constant evolution of technology has challenged mankind to look for meaning beyond their traditional practices. Whether it be the education system or the daily life routine, upgradation in all sectors has become an ongoing process. The technology-led generation demands for the students to be smart not only in their academics but also in their approach towards how they perceive situations and problems. The necessity for practical learning has become a driving force for schools and institutions to adapt to integrated learning methods that focus on experiential learning.
Coding has emerged as one such tool that has been on its way to being embedded with education as it focuses on the key 21st-century skills like logical thinking, creativity, computational thinking, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, etc. These skills will expand the creative horizon in the minds of young students, motivating them to come up with amazing ideas around the buzzing situations.
Coding – Mozart of the modern education system
According to one popular estimate reported by the World Economic Forum, 65% of the students entering primary education now will work in a job that does not exist today. The biggest influencing parameter supporting this estimate is the technology. Multi-fold advancements in technology have stimulated the need for attention we should be paying to school-going students.
Embedding technology within the education system will allow students to broaden their perspectives and make them aware of their surroundings. The introduction of NEP 2020 is going to one of the remarkable steps taking in the history of the Indian education system, where students from grade 6 will be exposed to technology through coding. Students have been working and playing around technology through STEM programs, AI, 3D Printing, Drone Aviation, and more, which has enhanced their decision-making ability and provides them a platform for showcasing their innovative skills.
Coding is being considered as one of the most powerful tools because of its ability to not only helping the kids become masters at technology, but also improving their 21st-century skills. No matter what the profession, skills like creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking will help the young minds in any field they choose. There are many ways where robots cannot compete with us. This is the reason why coding has been integrated with the Indian education system and is considered to be an important skill among K-12 students worldwide.
The rise of technology
The pandemic has forced people to adapt to digital methods in almost all cases. Whether it be education, groceries, medicines, food, or utilities, technology has become the saviour when it comes to connecting people with services. This is the main reason why technology-related sectors continue to rise exponentially even in times when most of the other industries have collapsed.
As they say, “With great power comes great responsibility”, technology being a boon in the time of pandemic also means more people must contribute towards the same. It is projected that around 58 million jobs will be created in Artificial Intelligence (AI) alone. The continued progress in technology-related domains keeps on dominating the preference list, encouraging professionals to opt for a field where no recession is likely to come any time soon and where there is also ample opportunity. The need for a robust IT infrastructure is also a reason why there is a need for technical professionals who can make the systems secure and safe from hackers.
Technology in no way is going to stop astonishing us with its wonders. In the times to come, human and personality skills will be more in focus as most of the jobs would be carried out by robots, automation, and AI. Automation and AI have brought a new dimension to living standards and have had an impact on the restructuring of employability conditions. The future workforce will be required to be smarter and more skilled in the latest technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Machine Learning, IoT, etc. It is high time we buckle up and prepare our current generation to get ready for future challenges.
(This is a slightly modified version of an article originally published in Tech Hindustan Times. The original article can be found at https://tech.hindustantimes.com/tech/news/how-coding-is-changing-the-future-for-kids-in-a-world-that-s-riding-the-tech-wave-ahead-71623773365692.html)