Get involved in Coding Initiatives

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Now that you've explored our resources, why not get involved in EU Code week and some of the many other coding and computational thinking initiatives available to teachers and schools.

 

Listed below are just some ideas on how to get involved in coding initiatives and share your ideas, experiences and practice with other teachers in schools, in Ireland and across Europe. 

EU Code Week

EU Code Week or Europe Code Week aims to bring coding and digital literacy to everyone in a fun and engaging way. Running from 9th to 24th October 2021, it strives to make coding more visible and show young people and adults how you bring ideas to life with code and how coding can support problem solving, creativity and collaboration.

Check out the press release for EU Code Week 2021 for more information on how to get involved!

Code Week encourages teachers to share their coding activities with others by adding it to the Code Week map. You'll find more information on Code Week on the EU Code Week website here

Hour of Code

As part of Code Week many teachers engage in Hour of Code activities and tutorials. It's a great way to get started and you can share your activities on the Code Week map. Start by watching a tutorial, and then explore the lesson plans and ideas before trying them out in your class. There are lots to choose from. Details on how to engage with Hour of Code activities are available here.

Bebras Computing Challenge

The Bebras Computing Challenge introduces computational thinking to students, allowing them to solve interactive tasks online. No prior knowledge or experience of computational thinking is required. The challenge period for 2021 runs from 8th to 26th November and any schools can get involved. You can try out activities and get involved on the Bebras Irish website. Additional Bebras activities can be found on the Australian Bebras website

Twitter and other Social Media

If you are using Twitter, consider sharing your coding activities on Twitter using the hashtag #codeweek, or just search for resources and ideas for your class using the hashtag. Many of the teachers involved in Code Week are actively sharing on Twitter, and many other social media platforms, so make sure to have a look.

Other coding initiatives and supports

Lero, the Science Foundation Research Centre for Software, works with education to support coding and computational thinking initiatives. The website www.scratch.ie is a one-stop shop for teachers and students interested in learning to code using Scratch.

CESI.CS is the official Teacher Professional Network for (Leaving Certificate) Computer Science teachers in Ireland. 

Make, Create, Innovate is an initiative promoting and supporting STEAM in schools, through its partnerships with other organisations. 

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