Coding and computer science are more and more being viewed as a key competence, both within the education system and in the workforce, in industries and professions that would not have traditionally required advanced technical skills. Coding can be used to teach logical reasoning, one of the key skills which have come to be regarded as one of the “21st century skills”, essential for succeeding both in the workplace and society of today.
In July 2014, the European Coding Initiative (www.allyouneediscode.eu) including European Schoolnet, Facebook, Liberty Global, Microsoft and SAP, was created to promote coding and computational thinking at all levels of education, as well as in more informal settings. The initiative has brought together organisations from industry and the non-profit sector in recognition of the vital need to empower young people to understand the theory and application of coding. European Commissioners such as former Vice-President Neelie Kroes, current Vice-President Ansip and Commissioner Oettinger have endorsed the initiative under the framework of the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs.
Download the presentations (pdfs):
- Christel Vacelet, European Schoolnet: European Workshop on Programming and Coding policies
- Anja Balanskat, European Schoolnet: Computing our Future - Computer programming and coding in schools in Europe
- Ene Koitla, HITSA: ProgeTiger programme
- Miles Berry, University of Roehampton: Computing education in England: This is for everyone
- Jukka Tulivuori, Finnish National Board of Education: Coding in the core curricula 2016 for basic education in Finland and how to train teachers?
- Giustina Mizzoni, The CoderDojo Foundation: What is CoderDojo?
- Benjiamin Hertz, European Schoolnet: Training the teachers