Integrating technology into education is a challenge in Finland and worldwide. The new national curriculum framework for primary education in Finland introduces information and communication technology (ICT), collaboration, self-expression and communication as important competences, which students should gain at school.
Children are often regarded as information technology savvy, but their IT readiness can be very narrow. The term digital natives can be misleading and results to not teaching children the adequate IT skills. The core curriculum discusses computational thinking and coding as the means to reach the target. It states that programming (coding) should be part of all education and should be connected to the subject matters of various lessons.
Computer science nurtures problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. The world is increasingly run by software and we need more diversity among those people who are building it. Not all students will be software developers or writers, doctors or translators, but we are already surrounded by technology and even more so in the future. The main point is to provide a basic understanding of society, living environment and fields of science and thus provide equal opportunities for all the learners. Understanding how computers work and how to use them well, gives children skills and knowledge to succeed in global competition and life generally.
Year 3 pupils were not only taught the basics of coding, but they were taught to teach other classes the magic of coding. They have taught around 200 other children and teachers in Finland and India (via video) the Magic of Coding. They are “local celebraties” and have reached the news several times during their coding teacher journey (photo above).
You can learn more about the Coding Ambassadors here or
email Pirjo@alofinland.com for an online course including videos and lesson plan for collaborative coding lessons.