Through the Hour Of Code event which is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. There has been a rise with lots of buzz about students learning Programming and how to Code, this is because in todays’ Information and communication technology world the skill of programming and learning has become of great relevance and importance.
Mr. Hakeem Adeniji- Adele, the Chief Technology Officer of Microsoft Nigeria expressed his belief that the knowing and ability to code is the new age enlightenment and not negotiable requirement to thrive in a world increasingly dominated by technology.He said that it is essential for today’s students said that
He reiterated that it is essential for today’s students saying “With five million jobs set to be lost to automation by 2020 and 80 percent of the jobs in 2025 not yet existing, how do we set up today’s students for success tomorrow? ICT education as part of a school curriculum is nothing new. For the past couple of decades students have been learning how to word-process or work a spreadsheet. But in 2017, that’s no longer enough. It’s evident that learning new and more relevant digital skills is vital if we are to survive and thrive in a world increasingly dominated by technology.”
The curriculum that must guide our students successfully into the jobs of the future must focus on computer science, information technology and digital literacy. Integral to this is teaching them how to code; learning not just how to work a computer, but how a computer works and how to make it work for them. Building skills for any career. There’s so much more to coding than finding a job as a developer one day.
Learning coding skills benefits students whatever their ultimate career – similar to the argument of teaching a child to play a musical instrument or speak a foreign language. We’re not only trying to encourage students to become developers, but also encouraging them to be creative and think differently. Coding teaches both critical and computational thinking, which help develop students’ problem-solving skills. It also gives them a sense of independence, which is encourages innovation and entrepreneurship. Mining the right digital tools for the classroom.
The findings of a recent Microsoft survey, released at BETT Middle East earlier this year, showed that the majority of teachers see virtual collaboration as a key skill required by students, followed by problem solving and knowledge construction. A further 39 percent believe students will be limited in terms of career options due to a lack of digital literacy. With the world experiencing seismic shifts in the way we live and work, there is no doubt that coding is the new literacy.
The great thing about learning to code is that it embodies the idea that sometimes learning can effective when you’re not aware you’re learning – you’re just having fun. Ultimately, that fun translates into a set of skills and a way of thinking that will help today’s students make a success of tomorrow. To help teachers get ready for the new school year, Microsoft is hosting “Back to School LIVE,” an interactive set of online workshops, TweetMeets and tips to get the most out of new products like Minecraft: Education Edition.
Minecraft: Education Edition makes the idea a reality. In simple terms, it’s a computer game about placing blocks to create the simplest shelter or grandest castle and going on adventures in randomly generated worlds. Minecraft has already been used in classrooms for years to help students learn more about maths, humanities, history and physics, and has helped build their digital literacy skills.