How To Choose First Programming Language For Kids For App Development

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Today’s children are tech-savvy, their love and passion for technology has inspired them to code and design for change. From anti-bullying apps to apps that support and promote sustainable & healthy living, young learners have transformed from consumers of technology to creators of technology.

With the aim to increase exposure to technology at a young age that will help Gen Z learners lead the way to a new world of innovation and creativity, the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, has introduced coding from class 6th onwards.

When your child learns to code, it will enhance their academic performance and equip them with Employability & Life Skills like Design Thinking, Problem-Solving, Empathy, Computational Thinking & UI/UX Design skills.

Choosing first programming language for your child for app development isn’t easy. There are so many languages. How do you pick the best programming language for your child?

There are 2 types of Programming languages:

Text-based programming languages

Text-based programming languages are traditional programming languages used by professionals. Some of the text-based programming languages for app development include Python, Swift, JavaScript, Ruby, Java, C++ and PHP. It is recommended for older kids.

Block Languages (Visual Programming)

Block languages use a drag-and-drop learning environment where coding instruction “blocks” are used to create apps. Block languages are a fun way to learn coding; your child doesn’t need any programming experience. Hence, it is ideal to use Block languages as a first programming language to teach your child how to design and develop an app through visuals.

Take a look at the popular block languages to get your child excited about coding and to provide them a solid foundation of programming principles:

Scratch

Primarily developed for children between the ages of 8 and 16, Scratch is a free educational programming language developed by Mitch Resnick and patented by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

With Scratch, children don’t need to type codes – instead it simplifies the process of creating apps by providing them an intuitive, easy-to-use visual block interface, an excellent starting point for programming.

Blockly

Similar to Scratch, Blockly is a client-side JavaScript library for creating visual programming block editors. A project of Google, this free and open-source software was released under the Apache License 2.0. It was primarily created for 8+ year-old children who want to learn how to code at home or at school within their own browsers.

With multi-shaped, multi-coloured blocks, Blockly is very simple to operate. Children must take the blocks out of the toolbox (one at a time) and arrange them in sequences until they solve their problem and create the app. Hence, Blockly makes it a fun learning experience for children to develop an actual working Android app.

An online development platform that pushes the boundaries of education within the context of mobile app development to solve real-world problems is MIT App Inventor. It uses a block-based programming language built on Blockly and is inspired by languages such as StarLogo TNG and Scratch that empowers children to build a mobile phone app to meet a need.

MindBox Direct-to-homewill allow your child to learn programming/coding in a fun way through developing games, mobile applications, animations and websites. It will not only make them future-ready for job opportunities, but you can expect some enhanced skills like creativity, logical thinking, problem-solving, logical reasoning, outstanding academic performance and much more.

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