Apple CEO: More computer science and coding education needed Jaysean Erby raises his hands as he solves a coding problem, as Apple CEO Tim Cook watches from behind at an Apple Store, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Apple CEO: More computer science and coding education needed
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Teaching kids to code is just as important as teaching them any other language. And the younger they start learning it, the better. That's according to Apple CEO Tim Cook.
 
Cook spoke to a group of New York third graders. They visited an Apple store in Manhattan for an "Hour of Code" class. In an interview afterward, he said that schools aren't putting enough importance on computer-science education. But he has "great hope" that will change. And he hopes coding will finally become a required class for all kids.
 
"From an economic standpoint, the job segment itself today is huge. But it's going to become even larger," Cook said.
 
If the concepts are introduced at a young age, in a fun way, it's more likely that kids will find them cool. They are more likely to stay interested as they grow older. That will hopefully result in a larger and more diverse tech workforce down the road, he said.
 
Cook added that even if kids don't grow up to get a profitable job in the tech industry, they'll discover a new way to be creative. And they can pick up important problem-solving skills along the way.
 
The kids at the Dec. 9 event played a Star Wars-themed game. It was created by the non-profit group Code.org in partnership with Disney. On iPad Minis, they used basic drag-and-drop commands to program their droid to do things like pick up scrap metal and avoid Stormtroopers.
 
Their teacher is Joann Khan. She said the kids' introduction to coding was probably a first for most of her students. Her school is located in Manhattan's East Harlem neighborhood. She noted that her school no longer has a computer lab.
 
She said the lessons taught through the game bring to life some of the math skills the kids are learning in her classroom. It is something she planned to point out to them when they returned to school.
 
The "Hour of Code" workshop was one of many held by Apple Inc. and other technology companies around the world. It was part of a Code.org push to introduce as many kids as possible to computer science through a one-hour class.

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  • Eric0221-YYCA
    12/15/2015 - 07:54 p.m.

    I think that it is cool that the Apple company to be adding coding things because I think that coding apps can get kids to learn more of commanding things to do what you want it to do. I think that the coding had been a big learning thing for children because coding can make people do something about the character they are controlling to do. The Hour of Code might have been helpful for children to do coding things for the characters to do what he or she wants to do.

    • dburn651-eva
      10/04/2016 - 10:07 a.m.

      true I agree

  • william1108-yyca
    12/15/2015 - 08:31 p.m.

    WOW! For me coding is really fun. But I don't think that is the coding that I play. But if it is then I hope people who play coding for the first time will enjoy it. So maybe people will enjoy it. If not then some people don't like coding.

    • lreed803-eva
      10/04/2016 - 09:55 a.m.

      Yeah it is great!!!

  • samuelh-3-bar
    12/15/2015 - 08:44 p.m.

    Tim Cook thinks that computer language is as important as any other language because, it will show kids an essential part of life for there next step in it, because that can open doorways to more successful jobs in the future, and it can show them important things in other topics like math, and science.

    • nsrou648-eva
      10/04/2016 - 01:48 p.m.

      Tim Cook thinks that computer language is important as any other language because, it can help the students with their life.

  • autianae-ste
    12/15/2015 - 09:44 p.m.

    Almost everything today involves technology. Kids starting early to use things that they will have to use in their future is very important and in addition to getting skills they will use and maybe in a profession some kids would want to be.

  • elenag-ver
    12/16/2015 - 09:53 a.m.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook thinks that computer language is as important as any other language because he says teaching kids to code is just as important as teaching them any other language. And he also said the younger they start, the better they are at it. The point is people like different languages on computer and it will be easier for people when they speak different languages.

  • annag-4-bar
    12/16/2015 - 11:00 a.m.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook think that computer language is as important as any other language because in paragraph 4 he said," If the concepts are introduced at a young age, in a fun way, it's more likely that kids will find them cool. They are more likely to stay interested as they grow older. That will hopefully result in a larger and more diverse tech workforce down the road."
    Also in paragraph 5 he said," Even if kids don't grow up to get A profitable job of the tech industry, they'll discover a new way to be creative. And they could pick up important problem solving skills along the way." I chose this article becuSe it surprises me how much technology has grown in the past couple years.

    • gabelk-ren
      1/05/2016 - 10:15 a.m.

      I like how you stated where in the passage you found that information.

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