The CoderDojo Initiative Successfully integrates K12 Technology Education into the Classroom
WHO NEEDS SCHOOL?
The Irish education system and American education system sucks. K12 Kids are a generation of digital consumers, who are fast becoming IT creators. They’re quite possibly bored in school, frustrated by a lack of opportunities afforded to them in real life compared with their evolving digital worlds.
Redesign the K12 Department of Education
The CoderDojo initiative is on the verge of going global – and its rapid expansion in Ireland may give us a clue about where our economic future lies. Thanks to James Whelton and co-founder Bill Liao started what is now knows as the CoderDojo computer club where the kids teach each other in a relaxed and social environment. See??? Myth is busted. Geeks aren’t loners! they are social people.
The ethos of the movement
They won’t accept corporate involvement by way of paid teachers, but IT bosses and schools are already taking a keen interest.
Coding veteran Harry Moran (13), developed his own game called PizzaBot last year and in the process became one of the youngest app developers in the world. Moran taught himself coding.
The way it works is simple. Young people bring their own laptops and learn IT from experts there, but mainly they learn from each other. Parents are encouraged to attend and learn themselves. Participation is free – all the experts give their time without charge, and the NSC provides the property and covers light, heating and broadband.
The key rules are that everyone must “be cool” and that it’s okay to be clever. Topics change from week to week. Tutorials are given by volunteer programmers who work the room making sure everyone is given any assistance they need.