What is EU Coding Month?
Posted: 8th of October 2018 by Lewis Scott
European coding week is a ‘grassroots initiative which aims to bring coding and digital literacy to everybody in a fun and engaging way’. Giving access to those who may not have the resources to normally learn about online activities such as coding. Even for those who do have access to these resources, it is about learning how to use them and keeping up with a constantly changing digital environment.
As the world is changing, it is becoming more and more digital with almost every sector of business, news and sport featuring somewhere online. It is vital that, as the world changes, the education changes in terms of the future and a world that will be predominantly digital. This is reinforced by the fact that the European Commissioner for Digital Economy & Society has publicly stated that EU Coding Week should have participation of 50% of schools by 2020.
As mentioned above, we live in a constantly evolving world which is turning in the direction of digital & online markets across all sectors of life.
As technology is growing at an exponential rate, we must match this. Why? We must stay on top of technology and the ideas and development surrounding the digital world as well as using fresh ideas to keep improving. EU Coding Week is a great chance to open the mind as well as educate the younger generations and make sure they understand the importance of their role in the future of the digital world. Another reason is for them to realise possible potential in terms of their digital capabilities and ever-changing daily environment.
Until 2010, there was no GCSE available for computing. The average primary school in the UK now has 70 computers whereas the average secondary school in the UK has 430. However, even in 2015, 54% of schools in the UK STILL did not computer science as a GCSE. Despite this, ICT/Computing is the fastest growing choice that students are choosing to study. This is reiterated by Google UK managing director Ronan Harris, as he has said there is a lot to do in terms of giving young people access to unlock their potential through computer science in schools.
A lot of the general public think that today’s ‘Gen Z’ are ‘addicted’ to their phones or technology. The fact of the matter is that it is just how the world has evolved to be and the young people are keeping on top of this. However, instead of meaningless apps, they should be nurtured and taught properly about the potential they have in regard to growing technology and developing ways to enhance life.
What Does the Initiative Offer?
The EU Coding Week has a wide variety of activities and learning tools available. These include tutorials, puzzles, games and other engaging activities which use digital problem-solving. Depending on age, skill level or just how different people learn, there is something for everyone. There are also dedicated coding programmes for those looking to begin as well as full online courses for advanced learners.
There are other resources available such as lesson plans for teachers as well as information and further resources from the tech giants, Apple. In Australia, children aged from five have been learning coding since 2014 and coding classes will be mandatory in certain regions. Relating to this, the teaching must be adapted as the digital world is constantly evolving and growing. Almost every company/business nowadays has some sort of digital feature and employers are viewing understanding coding and digital functioning a necessity for employees. There is a whole world to be unlocked when learning coding and being able to design, create and develop for yourself instead of using the bog-standard tools that limit you.
Summary & Key Stats
The growth of the EU Coding Week in general, shows the importance and realisation in correlation to the ever-changing online world. In 2013, EU Coding Week had only 10,000 participants. Last year, 2017, there were 1.2 million participants giving an 800% increase. That number is set to rise again this year as the initiative gains more traction and backing in the technological world. The initiative currently operates in 40 countries within the EU as well as having an African Code Week as well which had 1.3 million participants in 2017.
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