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Now a days, coding and kids has become a topic of great importance and increasing international awareness. Through use of coding in schools we are moving from the thoughts of coding is for geeks to coding is for world. And when i saw, a video from code.org that basically encouraging all students to get into the coding world. For those of us who still believe that coding is very hard, go to code.org and explore your coding level. you will be amazed by how much you can do and teach.
Recently, lot of talking is going on that understanding and knowing how to code and program is necessary and essential part of schooling, especially for K-12. And i think it is great thing because this way kids are learning a skill that will enable children to succeed in today global world.