On 10 May, 2017, I delivered a talk at re:publica, which is one Europe’s biggest conference on digitisation and society. The title was Teach our kids to code? No, teach them how to think.
The talk addressed a debate that currently rages regarding whether we should be teaching every kid to code. While a noble idea, history tells us that won’t be very effective. Code is merely the means to implement an idea. Kids first need to learn how to properly form ideas computationally.
My talk argued why computational thinking aims to become not only an essential problem-solving skill, but as an essential way to understand life in the 21st century.
I’ve included a recording of the talk below. You can also read more about it at re:publica’s site.