Coding has been called the new “superpower,” according to a video created by Code.org.

Coding is programming language that makes it possible to create computer software, apps and websites. From Bill Gates of Microsoft to Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, technology leaders say more kids should learn to code because it is now an essential skill that will play an integral part in their futures. 

They also stress we need to get more girls interested in the technology industry. The National Center for Women and Information Technology cites a statsitic from the US Department of Labor that estimates by 2020 there will be more than 1.4 million computing-related job openings. However, at current rates only 30% of those jobs can be filled by girls.

Organizations like Girls Who Code in New York and Girls Learning Code in Toronto are working to close the gender gap in the technology sector.

I spent a day with Girls Learning Code at one of their workshops, which focus on how learning to code empowers girls to move from consumers to producers of digital media.  They use kid-friendly tools like Scratch to create video games – digital experiences they can make and use. I interviewed workshop facilitators Laura Plant, Ashley Lewis and Kathryn Barrett about why girls should learn code, the importance of creating digital media, and the online tools available to children. We also talked about tips for parents, tips for kids and the importance of mentorship.

Here's a video showing how Girls Learning Code works:

 

 

More video from Girls Learning Code:

Why Should Girls Learn Code?
Why Should Girls Create Their Own Digital Media?
What Can Kids Learn From Using Online Tools?
Tips for Parents On Digital Literacy
What Kids Learn From Making Coding Mistakes
The Importance of Mentorship in Girls Learning Code

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