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All Talent Development Centre posts for Canadian technology contractors relating to kids.

Quick Poll Results: When should kids learn to code?

We may not have direct influence over the education and school curriculums taught in each of our provinces, but as an industry, we definitely have an opinion. Last month’s contractor quick poll asked IT professionals when they believe kids should start learning how to code. While the age ranges differ, the results below are clear. All technology experts agree that programming must be taught in school and the vast majority believe kids should already have an understanding of it before they reach high school.

What age did you start learning to code? Do you believe it helped influence your career choice? Would your career be better-off had you learned more of it in school?

Quick Poll Results: At what age should kids learn to code?

Contractor Quick Poll: When Should Kids Learn to Code?

Earlier this week we shared results of a HackerRanker survey of 40,000 developers. Among many interesting findings, it pointed out that the majority of developers started coding before the age of 20 and many while they were just kids. Others, however, didn’t start to learn until they were over 30.

IT professionals of all kinds are in high-demand and to ensure the top skills are available in Canada, it’s important we encourage training for such skills at any age. That means that a young child with an interest in technology should have access to expand their knowledge, and an adult looking to start a new career should have an easy avenue to learn more.

More than 2 years ago, David O’Brien, a Vice-President at Eagle, wrote a post here stating that Coding is the New Cursive.  He argued that it is now just as important, if not more important, for students to learn coding skills in school as it is for them to learn cursive writing. Would you agree and, if so, what age do you believe kids should start learning to code?

Fun Ways Kids Can Learn to Code (Infographic)

In David O’Brien’s article last December, Coding is the New Cursive, he explained the importance of coding for the up-and-coming generation and how many young children are already learning the basics of the important skill in school. If you’re an IT contractor, then you probably also buy into this train-of-thought and want to ensure your children are picking up some of this basic knowledge in school.

In case your school isn’t offering it, or you’d like to help move it along, this infographic from WhoIsHostingThis? is an awesome resource. It suggests helpful ideas, games, and apps that making learning to code fun for kids.

Fun Ways Kids Can Learn to Code - Via Who Is Hosting This: The Blog

Source: WhoIsHostingThis.com

8 Entrepreneurial Skills to Teach Your Kids

The skills possessed by entrepreneurs aren’t limited to those starting a business or running a small company. They’re transferrable to every role in every profession and those who embrace them are inevitably going to be more successful in their career.

That’s why this infographic from Pumpic Mobile Monitoring encourages you to teach these core entrepreneurial skills to your children at a young age. As an independent contractor, you no doubt possess most, if not all, of the skills, so how are you passing them on to your children? See below to find out how to inspire your kids to learn these eight entrepreneurial skills.

8 Entrepreneurial Skills You Should Teach Your Kids (Infographic)

2016 MASC Young Authors’ and Illustrators’ Conference

Eagle has been the presenting sponsor of the MASC Young Authors’ and Illustrators’ Conference in Ottawa for 15 years now. In that time, thousands of students from grades 4 to 8 have had the opportunity to learn from, and be inspired by, renowned authors and illustrators. If you have kids who may be interested, have a look at this video and sign-up today. Registration closes February 1st, 2016.