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By Mark Niemann-Ross | Friday, April 03, 2015

Code as a Second Language – And Why It Matters

Code as a Second Language - Why It Matters

Learning to code is being proposed by some as an alternative to learning a second language. Imagine having the choice: French, English or JavaScript. It’s an interesting concept, but could present problems if you’re, for example, traveling in Spain and order a bottle of fine Rioja with something like “function getwine(‘2 liter’,’house’){};”

Research on brain activity conducted with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may support a connection between foreign and computer languages. A person is placed in an MRI scanner, then asked to perform a task. As the task is performed, scientists observe what parts of the brain use more oxygen, which identifies the parts of the brain being used for specific tasks.

This research suggests that our brains respond to computer programming in the same way as performing music, verbal creativity, problem solving, memorizing, repeating actions, deduction or rhyming. Rhyming words like “weep”, “beep”, and “sleep” light up your brain the same way as “while (x > 1) { result = result * x; x--; }”.

By Crystal McCullough | Thursday, August 20, 2009

Digital literacy is a key job skill, according to MMLI

The Modern Media Leadership Institute recently blogged about the importance of digital literacy and how it “is critical in life and in every kind of job and organization.” Among other suggestions to improve digital literacy, MMLI recommends taking a class on creating, uploading, and tagging digital media, and named lynda.com as a resource for classes. Read the entire blog entry from Modern Media Leadership Institute.

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