Coding. It’s the latest learning trend to sweep the world and for good reason. Technology is becoming increasingly prevalent in our personal and working lives. Research from Deloitte found Australia will need 100,000 additional workers with ICT skills within the next five years and some students will end up in jobs that don’t even exist yet. What we do know about these roles is they will require coding knowledge.
Helping over 45,000 Aussie kids learn to code is Code Club Australia, a nationwide network of free, volunteer-led, after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. They’re mission is to put a code club in every school, and why not? The projects students work on are fun, they foster creativity through exploring and tinkering, and help develop problem-solving skills.
They also run teacher training workshops designed to give teachers the skills necessary to deliver coding lessons with their students.
On Tuesday July 26, in partnership with Code Club Australia, we ran a teacher training session at Carmel Primary School, WA.
Hosted by the charismatic Ian Wedlock, the 1-day workshop covered a range of concepts starting with demystifying coding in the classroom and expanded into practical break-out sessions where teachers could get hands-on with Scratch (a visual coding tool).
Attending teachers spoke highly of the facilitator, Ian, and were keen to start coding with their students.
“It was an amazing day. Our first session starts next Wednesday with the kids. It is AMAZING!” – Lynda Fisher, Carmel School.