Sallyann Williams▸ F-6 Digital Technologies MOOC


Code Club Australia – start one today!!!!!!

Did you know that you carry more computing power in your pocket than astronauts carried to the moon in 1969?
The smartphone you use today is even more powerful than the space shuttle (designed over 10 years after the Apollo 11 computer) too.
 
The advancements we’ve seen in digital technology are truly extraordinary & the pace of this change isn’t slowing down at all.
Whether its data being stored on the cloud, wearable technology, artificial intelligence or even driverless cars – the possibilities of how technology will continue to evolve & change our lives in the future is hugely exciting. 

The problem is whilst this digital world continues to grow & become even more a part of our everyday lives, our children are not being taught any of the basics of how this digital world works at school.

This is a huge issue – if we want to create a skilled workforce for the future & a thriving digital economy here in Australia, we need all our kids to have an understanding of how all this awesome technology works.
 
To help close that gap, we have created Code Club Australia – It’s a network of after school coding clubs for children aged 9 to 11.  It’s led by volunteers or teachers who run weekly hour long clubs at primary schools. We use a piece of software called Scratch to teach children the basics of computer programming. Children learn to programme whilst creating fun exciting games and the whole scheme is designed to encourage creativity and problem solving skills.

Our mission is to give every child in Australia the chance to learn to code & give them the skills that they need to thrive in the digital world
We would love you to help us achieve this mission.

Here’s how you get started:
–          Register your school on the Code Club Australia site http://codeclubau.org/start-a-club/
–          Sign up 10-15 willing kids between the ages of 9-11
–          Make sure your computers have Scratch installed
–          Download the course materials from our website
–          You’ll need to be happy to teach the materials yourself
–          Give us regular feedback

Let me know if you need more details.


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