Coding in the classroom: Here's what you need know

You're never to young or too old to learn to code

Ireland is a coding capital in the world, with thousands of young people taking part in coding classes every week. Irishman James Whelton created the CoderDojo movement, which now spans across 62 countries around the world. 

Coding could be on the curriculum sooner rather than later. Minister Richard Bruton has asked his advisers to find room for teaching the skill to children in the classroom. 

What is coding?

At its most basic, coding is a set of instructions for a computer. Coding is like digital lego blocks, it can be used to build anything from games to computer programmes.

The browser you're using right now is made up of code, as is the operating system on your phone, all applications and this website. 

Who can do it?

Anyone with a computer (and some patience) can learn to code. The introduction of coding to the curriculum is great news for kids in Ireland. This means children will have a basic understanding of how to code and have a good level of digital literacy. 

CoderDojo is a worldwide movement that started here in Ireland. They now reach 40,000 kids and young people in 850 free of charge volunteer led clubs in 62 countries around the world every month. At Dojos, with the support of 6,000 volunteers, the kids get introduced to coding, programming, hardware and software. Children aged between 7 and 17 can take part at a free Dojo. 

What is needed?

Not much. A basic laptop will do the job. Tablets and stream-books are not suitable for programming. The bigger the screen, the better. High-spec laptops are not required.  

You can find more information on CoderDojo and a class near you here