Introduction – Code can be (but isn’t always) poetry
We’ve talked previously about some of the different tools out there for learning to code, but a lot of these exist to teach programming as part of a Computer Science curriculum.
But learning to code can also open up whole new worlds of creative opportunities. And this aspect often gets lost in the wash.
This creative potential of coding is particularly important to remember when we want to inspire young people and other new learners. Not everyone has the same interests and will engage with programming (and Computer Science) in the same way. Using one pathway for learners risks leaving people behind.
Creative coding tools often get overlooked as learning options, particularly if they’re not designed solely as a beginner tool. But there are some really good options out there that go beyond the more linear or rote learning approaches while also demonstrating the creative side of coding.