iCode featured on television on DayBreak in Dallas || 1/29/19

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Founder of iCode Abid Abedi LIVE on KEXB Experts in Business || 1/29/19

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iCode Founder and Entrepreneur Abid Abedi LIVE yesterday on Newsradio 620AM KEXB Experts In Business with host Brian Glenn and Zack King Band broadcasting in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

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Top 10 tech jobs available right now || Fox News KURV 710 || 1/28/19

Abid Abedi LIVE on Fox News KURV 710 radio discussing the top 10 tech jobs that are available in the U.S. right now.

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Teach My Elementary Schooler Java!

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If only we had a dollar for every time we’ve heard that…

When learning Math at school, students start by familiarizing themselves with numbers, then addition, subtraction and so on. They certainly don’t dive headfirst into calculus in kindergarten! When you teach a child to swim, it’s the same thing: first they get comfortable with just being in the water, they graduate from using floaters to noodles to finally swimming on their own. Would you put your child into an 8-foot deep pool and leave them to fend for themselves on day one of swim class? We hope not!

This exact same principle applies to teaching kids how to code; it’s temptingly easy for parents (especially parents who are familiar with computer science or working in the tech industry) to disregard the initial stages of curriculum as ‘baby stuff’ or ‘not something my child will need or use in real life’. There is something to be said, however, for taking it slow and steady, following a well-thought-out and painstakingly developed curriculum (shameless self-praise but we really are so proud of it!) rather than jumping the gun and exposing your child to a language as complex and detail oriented as Java when they may, in fact, not be physically or mentally ready for it. The absolute last thing we ever want to see at iCode is a discouraged, disillusioned student.

The iCode curriculum is proprietary, and our Belt System is carefully re-evaluated at regular intervals to ensure that we’re always on top of our game, offering the best possible path of progression to ensure that our students are enjoying what they’re learning, comfortable with their progress but also sufficiently challenged. Our Belt System was designed keeping in mind the general progression of cognitive development in children; up until 7 years of age, the average child is developing his or her sensory and motor skills. Operational and logical skills don’t really begin developing until 7 or 8 years of age. Concrete operational skills and the ability to grasp abstract logic, usually develops in the pre-teen years. Our Belt structure reflects this as well: the White Belt introduces Scratch, the Red Belt explores Game Design and Development and the Blue Belt gets into the more meaty Python (pun absolutely not intended!)

In conclusion, as much as you may want to see your child master the most advanced of languages and/or programs at a young age, don’t push them to do this at the expense of their joy in learning. It is great to focus on the end goal but enjoy the journey your child will take to get there; the innumerable and transferable skills he or she will pick up along the way, the fundamentals that will become part of a rich learning experience. Trust in the process of learning that opens imaginations to new and amazing possibilities. Trust the structured curriculum, designed to provide a rock-solid foundation in computer science. Trust iCode as an educational institute that is firmly committed to the progress of each child.

STEM or STEAM – What’s Your Pick?

Doesn’t it feel like we had all just got on board with STEM and now all of a sudden everyone’s talking about STEAM? What the what?! What is STEAM? Where did the A come from? Is STEM now rendered ineffective? Which is better for students today and why?

STEM, as we all know, refers to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. These subjects have become a focal point in most learning systems and programs across the United States; lately, however, experts have been calling for the addition of the A which stands for Arts (thereby converting STEM to STEAM).  The study of the Arts has been proven not only to improve students’ academic performance, but also “build confidence, develop motor skills, and hone their decision-making and problem-solving skills”. Look at Steve Jobs (of Apple fame), Marissa Mayer (Yahoo) and Albert Einstein (genius!) – what do they have in common? Yes, they all boast superior technical knowledge but their personalities definitely also displayed a very vibrant creative side.

And isn’t there an Art & Design element to everything around us? No, seriously. Everything around us. Including the mobile phone, tablet or laptop you may be using to read this awesome blog post. Sure, it’s technology, but would you have bought this particular gadget if it looked and felt clunky? Why does Nike focus as much on the look of their shoes as they do on the technology that makes them perfect for basketball, or running, or whatever the case may be? It’s 2018, and consumers are not willing to spend on products where superior technology and good design are mutually exclusive (for more on this idea, read this article by Huffington Post).

Here’s another interesting angle: the Arts teach us soft and social skills. They teach us how to think critically, the flow of logical thought, ethics and morality, how to be humane and understand the nature of humanity. They expose us to new ideas and foreign concepts, and arm us with the ability to process innovative ideas in a better way. All of this, my friends, equates to superior emotional intelligence, one of the key characteristics of good leaders.

Let’s put it this way: if you had to choose between hiring someone with great technical skills, or hiring someone with great technical skills who also displayed leadership qualities and emotional intelligence, whom would you pick?