Getting Children Into Coding

gregory-gopman-children-codingComputer coding has become a big topic of discussion in recent years. People are starting to experiment more and create wonderful new products, designs, and more. But what is the next step? Where will the torch be passed to next? The answer is, the children. The children of today are starting to become interested in coding by way of new applications found on their homes iPad or through lessons at their school. Today’s children will grow up with a better understanding of coding and the will be able to flex and shatter the boundaries that are currently in place for developers, coders, programmers and more.

Parents are joining the effort to encourage their children to become interested in coding and the possibilities of the booming industry. Children are being enrolled in special programs and school that have the technology and resources to teach children how to code and program. In today’s society of new apps, websites, programs, software, and more its extremely smart to get an early lead on such an interesting topic and have a leg up on competition when it comes to finding a job. Knowing how to code starting from the age of 7 will definitely raise eyebrows for future employers.

Coding offers so much that most people may not realize. Coding will teach users critical decision making, cause and effect, and provide young people with a real sense of entitlement and power. Knowing how to do something really well and being in a small pool of competition is pretty empowering. There is a fair intense learning curve when it comes to learning how to code so children will be forced to look back into their work and see where they may have gone wrong and fix the problem by themselves. Children can weigh different options and make informed decisions on the best possible outcome as it relates to the data available.

Coding can be introduced extremely early on in children’s lives and is said to be accurately presented as early as a child’s preschool years. At its very core coding is similar to reading, writing, and math in terms of the symbols used and the communication presented. Therefore when a child learns to read and write and understand the basic principals of each, they are most likely ready to be introduced into the wonderful world of coding.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to coding and the future looks ever brighter each day knowing that children as young a preschool age are developing and honing their coding skills. Children’s minds are like sponges, they are thirsty for more, it’s our jobs to provide them with what they need and quench their passions.

Thank you for reading!

-Gregory Gopman

Lifehacks to Improve Body & Mind

I understand how the winter can get you down with all the snowfall, dark mornings, early evenings, and cold winds, but there are ways to combat sickness and mood. It is really easy to fall into same routine day in and day out, but some small variations could make the biggest difference. Over the years I have found a few ways to keep me alert, healthy, and in good spirits overall, even in the midst of a blizzard. Below you will find my top lifehacks to improve body and mind through the ongoing winter lull.

gregory-gopman-lemon-water1. Warm Water With Lemon

Drinking warm water with  slice of lemon is shown to calm the nerves and soothe the soul. Its inexpensive and easy to put together, so theres no problem on that front. All you need is warm water, a mug, and as many washed slices of lemon as you desire. This quick remedy is sure to keep you warm on the coldest days.

gregory-gopman-stretch2. Take a Break

Taking a break from work is proven to increase focus and efficiency over the long run of any given task. Without a break the mind reaches a pinnacle for its ability to work and after the pinnacle is reached, inefficiency is achieved. This is the last thing you want. Spoil yourself with a 15 minute walk around the office, a healthy session of stretching, or grabbing a nutritional snack from the cafeteria. Take a break, but skip the KITKAT.

3. Eat Fruits & Veggiesgregory-gopman-fruits-veggies

Winter is not the season to skimp on eating fruits and vegetables. In fact it may be the most important month to do so. Fruits and vegetables as everyone knows are loaded in vitamins, minerals, and body fortifying nutrients. Its easy to reach for a slice of pizza but a leafy green salad is jam packed with everything you need to lower cholesterol, boost your immunity, prevent cancers, and promote overall health and well-being. If you do choose the healthy option of a salad, make sure you don’t douse it with dressing. Unfortunately dressing and sauces aren’t exactly healthy and can be a detriment to your new found health kick.

I know the winter is a tough season, but believe it or not you’re tougher. Use these small lifehacks to better yourself and you’re sure to be happier and ready to tackle any day in front of you. Feel free to submit your own lifehacks using the contact for on the Contact page of this website.

5 Tips to Enjoying Your Airport Experience

As you may know by some of my previous blogs, I travel a lot and thus spend a lot of time in airports. Over my years spent in airports I have come up with the following ways to make the usually less than enjoyable time bearable or even fun. Here’s my 5 favorite hacks for enjoying time in the airport

1) Live The Highlife in an Airport Lounge

First off I’m a big fan of spending time in the airline clubs. They have fast wifi, free food and drinks, and really comfortable seating options. It’s also pretty quiet and a good place to de-stress. Most clubs will let you in for a $50 fee, but there a few hacks you can use to get in for free. Some Airline credit cards and the AMEX Platinum will gain you access, as will a first class ticket. My favorite hack overall is using preferred airline status with ONE to get into their lounges. If you read my previous post on getting Elite status through an American Airlines Challenge then you’ll enjoy knowing that other airlines will match whatever status you win and those other airlines will also let you in their clubs for free!

2) Rest Up

Whether in the club area of in front of your gate, it’s always nice to catch some shut eye. The caveat to doing this right is notifying a worker near-by of your upcoming flight in case you rest too long. As a backup mechanism I also like to set an alarm on my phone. You might stress out about not waking up, but I’ve never had a problem with these two notification systems.

3) Download Entertainment

Whether on your phone or on your computer, you should have multiple options to download loads of entertainment before your flight. I recently flew to San Diego and I used the time to download an educational PDF of Paul Grahm’s blog posts on my Mac Air laptop.

4) Charge up Those Devices

I like to have all of my devices charged when I travel. Especially internationally. You sometimes just don’t know when your next power up is gonna be. That means plugging in your laptop, your portable phone charger, your phone, and whatever else you have long before you leave for the airport to assure the 100% battery life. I normally find an outlet at the airport (you can always find one if you look hard enough) and establish my personal real estate area while downloading/watching movies or doing personal work on my laptop. Depending on how involved you get, you might want to set a calendar reminder or alarm to remind yourself of your upcoming flight.

5) Networking/Massages/Food

Networking in the airport can allow you to gain new contacts, learn about someone else, and pass the time in a productive manner. Personally I’m also not the biggest fan of pre-flight massages but, if you’re going to get a massage you’re probably better off after your flight when you need it more and it’s half the price.

I have three rules with airport food — 1) It’s generally going to be better than anything you can get on a plane. 2) If you can, hold out on eating until you reach your final destination. 3) If you’re dying of hunger, go with things that look fresh, stay away from all forms of fish/sushi, and if possible avoid fast food at all costs (as you normally should).