Com­puter cod­ing puts learn­ing in hyper­drive

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY -

CAN­NON­VALE res­i­dent Esther Miller is a lady with a vi­sion for the fu­ture.

The pro­gram­mer, who has an ex­ten­sive reper­toire work­ing in Eng­land and Spain, has launched AB Kids Cod­ing, com­puter pro­gram­ming lessons for lo­cal chil­dren.

It all be­gan when Ms Miller un­cov­ered a free cod­ing web­site for chil­dren at www.scratch.mit.edu.

Scratch is a cre­ative learn­ing com­mu­nity con­tain­ing al­most 10 mil­lion projects shared with oth­ers around the world. Chil­dren are in­vited to cre­ate sto­ries, games and cre­ations.

“That’s all well and good but I want to teach chil­dren how to un­der­stand cod­ing so they can use the web­site prop­erly,” Ms Miller said.

“I will sit down with them and teach them the ba­sics of cod­ing so they can cre­ate games, an­i­ma­tions, pre­sen­ta­tions and projects of high qual­ity.

“As you can see, it is some­thing I so strongly be­lieve in,” she said.

Ms Miller’s guinea pig has been her seven-year-old son James, who has al­ready cre­ated a maze game.

“The fu­ture is in tech­nol­ogy,” Ms Miller said.

“We see our kids play games and watch videos. I want them to know how to make it them­selves. It will change the way they think for­ever.”

She’s on a mission to un­cover the next gen­er­a­tion of inno- va­tors. “Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were both men who spoke an­other lan­guage that wasn’t heard of at that time, and they changed the world,” she said.

MAS­TER­MIND: Pro­gram­mer Esther Miller hosts chil­dren’s cod­ing classes. Photo: Garry Miller.

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