As 21st-century parents and educators, we are all invested in making sure kids have the skills they need to survive and thrive in a rapidly-changing economy. There is no doubt that the future is digital. Technology is infused into our daily lives and will likely continue to define (and redefine) the human experience for generations to come. How can we ensure that our children are prepared with the skills they need to ensure their success?
Games and experiences that teach and reinforce logical thinking and other essential skills are ideal learning companions for intellectually curious children. In an era where there are even smart watches are designed specifically for kids, there is no doubt that we are raising a generation of digital natives – i.e. those who have brought up with digital technology the way today’s parents were brought up with telephones, televisions, or even the earliest version of the internet.
There are even wooden, analog games that are designed to mimic the logical reasoning of strings of computer code in the hopes that children will come to understand the basics of computer programming through hands-on play. Some top tech executives like Apple’s Tim Cook are even calling for coding to be taught to children alongside foreign language as it is “as important, if not more important” than a second language.
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