Italy launches ambitious plan to teach coding in schools

Wednesday 27 August 2014 | 11:46 CET | News
The Italian government is to follow in the footsteps of countries such as Israel, New Zealand, Germany, Australia, Denmark and the UK, with a programme to teach pupils aged 6-16 how to write code. The plan will be based on the international non-profit code.org initiative to expand participation in computer science. Italian daily Corriere della Sera reports that a pilot version of the programme, dubbed 'italia.code.org', will be launched in around 200 schools during the EU Week of Code (11-17 October). The pilot will take the form of a shortened, interactive "Hour of Code". The courses will

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Kids should learn how to program, not code (this post explains is what I mean make.bubble.is/post/95207319976/programming-isnt-coding ). I don't think code if for everyone, I can even imagine some children being turned away from technology because of the pain of the syntax. There are some tools that enable people to build things and applications without actually having to code. So this is auto-promotion, but Bubble (http://bubble.is) is one of them (I’m a cofounder). Kids can build functioning apps without code on Bubble. There is a learning curve, as it’s programming (which is what we need for kids), but this is with a visual interface that gets rid of the coding aspect. That way, they will have to think about the flow of actions, the data structure, they will have to handle conditionality in a visual way. MIT Scratch does that as well, but it's about moving something on the screen. Bubble is a programming tool that lets people build apps like Facebook or Aibnb. Something kids could be excited about!
Emmanuel Straschnov @ 27/8/2014 - 21:03

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