Teachers to Get Training to 'Crack the Code' in the ClassroomTuesday, October 25, 2016
Bringing coding alive in classrooms. New training sessions by Lighthouse Labs and Kids Code Jeunesse will provide teachers with the digital literacy skills they need to crack the code in BC classrooms. (Credit: The Province of BC)
Vancouver, BC, October 25, 2016--(T-Net)--The BC Government reported today that it will be connecting students with the skills they need to succeed in today's changing world, including coding.
Coding uses logic to execute problem solving actions by a machine - a vital skill for 21st-century students to understand. Logically, the first step in this learning process is ensuring teachers have the skills they need to bring coding alive in B.C. classrooms.
Beginning this November, teachers from around the province will be given the opportunity to participate in specialized coding training sessions offered by Lighthouse Labs, in partnership with Kids Code Jeunesse.
These two-day workshops will provide intensive training to teachers, giving them the digital-literacy skills required to captivate and empower students in grades 6 to 9. All 60 school districts are being invited to send two teachers to attend one of six regional sessions taking place over the next four months in Victoria, Vancouver, Chilliwack, Kelowna, Trail and Prince George. Followup training sessions will be available in the spring.
The participants will then go back to their own communities armed with the tools required to effectively train their colleagues, spreading coding skills throughout the school district and to students.
By the end of Grade 9, every student in British Columbia will take a module of basic coding, ensuring they learn the problem-solving and critical-thinking skills needed to thrive in any field, including coding.
Coding is a hands-on way of teaching students how to analyse a problem, determine the steps to fix that problem and then create directions so a machine can carry out those steps. Whether or not students pursue careers in the technology sector, these are vital critical thinking skills for future success, according to the BC government.
Teaching children coding is part of B.C.`s new curriculum, as well as the #BCTECH Strategy - a key component of the BC Jobs Plan to support the growth of the province's vibrant technology sector and strengthen British Columbia's diverse knowledge-based economy.
“Preparing our kids for their future is our most important job, and getting teachers trained to teach coding and the new curriculum is just one way we are doing that. These new training sessions will provide teachers with the important tools they need to teach students the skills they need to succeed when learning coding” said Mike Bernier, Minister of Education.
“Lighthouse Labs is proud to support the Ministry of Education, teachers, and students across British Columbia. It is imperative that we show Canada's next generation that code is a vessel for whatever passions you may have and inspire them to create rather than consume technology.” said Jeremy Shaki, co-founder, Lighthouse Labs.
“By educating children with the tools needed to create and communicate within the 21st century, we are providing them with the skills needed to build their own future success.” continued Kate Arthur, founder and co-director, Kids Code Jeneusse.
Earlier this year, Premier Christy Clark announced funding to help connect students with coding, new curriculum and computers. Learn more about this announcement: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2016PREM0065-000994
Lighthouse Labs: https://lighthouselabs.ca
Explore B.C.'s new curriculum: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca
The B.C. government has launched a new parent engagement process to better understand how parents want to be informed of their student's success from kindergarten to Grade 9. Participate in this important process by visiting:http://engage.gov.bc.ca/yourkidsprogress
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Education
Victoria (Non-Tech Sectors)
Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services
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