13.06.2014 - Communication & Information Sector

Learn by Coding

Young Palestinian refugee female students learning mobile apps development. CC BY SA UNESCO\Abel Caine

"Knowing how to code?" or "literacy of the XXI century? " - UNESCO's YouthMobile initiative and Intel Software will host a round table on this peculiar issue this Friday, June 13 (2pm) on the occasion of the 5th edition of Futur en Seine (CNAM, Paris), with the support Cap Digital.

Learning how to code is emancipation. It is no longer only about training engineers, but rather to give all citizens the means to create, work, manage a lot of information, take a critical look at technology and having fun in doing so. In this context, “coding” must be seen as a new way to learn more than the mere teaching the “coding techniques”.

With its new "YouthMobile" initiative, UNESCO wants the largest number of girls and boys have the opportunity, through the code, to put technology at the service of local and global issues related to sustainable development. UNESCO and its partners strive to provide young people with the high level skills and confidence necessary for the development, promotion and sale of mobile applications.

Many volunteers around the world are already deploying “coding” trainings but these programmes are often not easy to replicate, translate, or to be adapted by parents or teachers, not technicians.

Intel ® Coding for Kids. an open source package of trainings and software incorporating international best practices in this field, can meet the criteria of UNESCO's YouthMobile initiative. Educational and/or non-profit partner associations can freely adapt and build their own programmes, within the framework of an international deployment.

In this approach, the code is used as a means of artistic creation, understanding of social, scientific and environmental problems. The proposed pedagogy model is based on peer-to-peer. Technically, the code is introduced very gradually and at each step the learner acquires ready-to-use expertise.

In addition, the round table organized by UNESCO and Intel Software will focus on other innovative approaches recently adopted in France, such as Simplon.co and Ecole42 and will try to assess the feasibility of larger deployments and sustainability of similar initiatives, particularly in emerging countries.

The Futur en Seine festival will take place from 12 to 22 June 2014, in the heart of Paris and across the Île-de-France. For more information: http://www.futur-en-seine.fr/fens2014




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