This introductory massive open online course (Icebreaker MOOC) is designed for anyone who wants to help children develop new skills in coding and computational thinking and to help them reach their potential. Whether you are a teacher of any subject or a parent – you do not need any previous coding experience to join. The first edition took place in June 2019. This re-run will offer new elements and expand the focus on parents who are increasingly teaching kids at home.
The course encourages families and teachers to bring innovation into the home and (virtual) classroom. It provides ideas and practical tips on how to engage children and students using new, fun and educational activities. Participants will also get access to materials and resources in 29 languages that will help them plan and organise their own coding activities.
The participants will learn basic concepts of coding and computational thinking and they will explore various EU Code Week initiatives such as the Code Week 4 All Challenge or the interactive EU Code Week activity map. As a restul they will be able to design, organise and register an EU Code Week activity. More details can be found in the dedicated blog post.
Why children should learn coding
1. Coding is fun and stimulates creativity
First and foremost: coding is fun and creative! Creating a game – instead of just playing one, making a robot move the way you want, building your own website or an app that helps others is fun and empowering. Today we build with code, as well as bricks, wood and concrete.
2. Coding teaches kids how to think and solve problems
Computational thinking, problem solving and logical thinking are the basis for coding. Such skills provide children with the experience to recognise patterns and algorithms, analyse situations and plan ahead. Skills that are good in all types of subjects and projects.
3. Coding opens up more doors for children helping them realise their academic and professional ambitions
Ever advancing technology continues to change our lives every day. It is almost unthinkable not knowing how to download an app, chat with friends or watch a video online. But as easy as these actions might seem, we rarely know what goes on behind the scenes. There are hardly any jobs nowadays where no digital skills are required. Giving children the chance to learn how to code gives them a significant advantage both academically and professionally making them more competitive and qualified candidates.
About EU Code Week
EU Code Week is a grassroots initiative which last year brought together 4.2 million people in Europe and beyond. The idea is to make programming more visible, to show young, adults and elderly how you bring ideas to life with code, to demystify these skills and bring motivated people together to learn. In 2020 the Code Week will take place between 10 and 25 October.