Apple CEO: More computer science and coding education needed
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, 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 emphasis on computer-science education. But he has "great hope" that will change. And he hopes coding will ultimately 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.
And if the concepts are introduced at a young age, in a fun way, it's more likely that kids will find them cool and stay interested as they grow older, hopefully resulting 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 lucrative 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 created by the non-profit group 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 evade Stormtroopers.
Their teacher, Joann Khan, said the kids' introduction to coding was probably a first for most of her students. She noted that her school, located in Manhattan's East Harlem neighborhood, 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 a slew of other technology companies around the world. It was part of a push to introduce as many kids as possible to computer science through a one-hour class.

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Why does Apple CEO Tim Cook think that computer language is as important as any other language?
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  • Steve0620-yyca
    12/23/2015 - 01:17 p.m.

    I think that it will be interesting for kids to start coding at a young age. I learned how to code once and it was a little confusing but interesting. I think that the kids will learn a lot and be more creative. The children also played some games from a coding organization. They made a Star Wars game and the kids had to move the characters and control them. The kids learned how to code at an apple store. The training was called "Hour of Code" class. I think that Apple CEO Tim Cook things that computer language is important as any other language because it can help kids to be more creative and learn about computer programming.

  • landonp-
    1/11/2016 - 02:27 p.m.

    I think it is important because it might help kids learn in different ways. If they like doing something they might want to do it more to learn about something.

  • austinh-
    1/12/2016 - 02:22 p.m.

    I think he said that because it's a major job. It will become larger though. It will help kids with problem solving skills and and their math skills. Some kids struggle with math and this can help that. It won't just help kids either. It will also help adults become more creative.

  • allenj-
    1/12/2016 - 02:35 p.m.

    That is cool that they made a game with coding in it. I think I might play just because star wars is in it. I wonder if we could have more coding class in my school that would make it easier for me in coding.

  • TaylorSeifert-Ste
    1/16/2016 - 04:58 p.m.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook believes that learning to code is just as important as learning another language because coding is becoming increasing important in the world and there are many job openings in the coding world. Cook says that learning to code also teaches kids problem-solving skills. He hopes that schools begin to require students to take coding classes.

  • nariahb-
    1/27/2016 - 02:25 p.m.

    The computer game helps kids create knowledge to help grow their minds. This will help the kids when they get a job or even work on the computer at their house. This program should be able to strengthen the students' minds.

  • colleens-
    1/27/2016 - 08:13 p.m.

    Tim Cook thinks that computer language is as important as any other language because a lot of jobs are starting to use them and need people to do those jobs.

  • nathaenw-
    1/29/2016 - 08:21 a.m.

    Why does Apple CEO Tim Cook think that computer language is as important as any other language? I think that chief executive officer Tim Cook thinks that kids need more computer programming because it will help them to have a wider range of job opportunities in the computer industry. Even if they don't have a job in the computer coding industry, "They'll discover a new way to be creative. And they can pick up important problem-solving skills along the way." Also as Tim Cook said, the younger they start the better because they will retain it easier.

  • brookeh-
    2/01/2016 - 01:51 p.m.

    Tim Cook thinks it's important because it's a good way to get math used in the real world and they might need to know it for a job or something.

  • ryanb-
    2/01/2016 - 01:58 p.m.

    In this article I believe that the author is trying to convince an audience that there should be more coding at schools. I personally do believe that there should be coding at schools, it would lengthen the occupation list. Doing this would also increase the amount of people in the Technology industries.

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