Function is a podcast about how technology is shaping culture and communications.

Host and Glitch CEO, Anil Dash, sits down with the developers behind some of the world’s best-known apps, games and services, and also talks with users, critics and culture experts to unpack the effects of these features.

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Fn 12: It's More Than Just Teaching Kids to Code

Coding education for kids is wildly popular right now. From books and toys to after school programs from non-profit organizations, companies are putting lots of money and resources behind helping create the next generation of programmers. But is that enough? A few years ago, Anil wrote about his skepticism behind these efforts, wondering if perhaps they are missing the mark on teaching proficiency over literacy.

On our season finale of Function, Anil sits down with Alex Klein, co-founder and CEO of Kano Computing, a company that creates kits for all ages that help make coding and computing skills as simple and fun as putting together LEGO bricks. During their wide-ranging conversation (recorded at this year's CES), learn about what motivated Alex to empower kids to create technology in this way, and hear his thoughts on the current trends around teaching kids to code.

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