Educational Technology

February 27, 2012

Why we should all learn to hack

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:28 am

by Tom Chatfield, BBC

There is an old joke amongst computer programmers: “There are only 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don’t.” Not funny to everyone, but it makes a neat point. We now live in a world divided between those who understand the inner workings of our computer-centric society and those who don’t. This is not something that happened overnight, but it is something that has profound consequences for our future. In professional terms, it’s easy to see why knowing how to put together a program is a valuable skill: more and more jobs require some technical know-how, and the most skilled students have glittering prospects ahead of them. But with only a fraction of those signing up for free lessons ever likely to reach even a semi-professional level of skill, are movements like Code Academy able to offer more than good intentions?

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