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Taking the digitization of school seriously

The Norwegian government now is working to overbridge the digital divide for the next step of the digitization of school. In this spirit, it is starting eight new projects for further training of teachers to improve their digital competence. A flexible and adaptable curriculum and the individual teacher’s work situation will be the main focus of the courses. The themes of the courses are programming and robotics in the industry. Furthermore, how working life can… Continue reading

Great success for project to learn to code in school – 65 000 pupils gets microcomputers

eLearningworld News Only a month after the launch of the project Ultra:bit a third of all schools, in total 703, in Denmark has registered to participate. The focus of Ultra:bit is to form a platform for pupils to learn to code among other things where a minicomputer is delivered to every child, totally 65 000. “It is a pleasure to see, how fast and engaging schools over the whole country embraced the offer of ultra:bit.… Continue reading

The demand for teacher training increases when education turns digital

eLearningworld News 10 000 teachers in Norway applied for further teacher training 2018, which is 600 more than the year before. The focus on the applications is to meet the new requirements of mathematics and language in the new Norwegian curriculum. At the same time as new courses in programming and digitalisation is being introduced. The minister of education Jan Tore Sanner comments in the following way: “It is important that the pupils are learning… Continue reading

Connecting to the digital age requirements – More coding and tech in Norwegian schools

eLearningworld News Coding and use of technology in general will be implemented in the whole school system (from 6 years old), according to the Norwegian Government’s new digitization strategy that was presented August 25. The Prime Minister Erna Solberg comments the event in the following way: “This week over 60 000 Norwegian six year old’s have started school. Many of them will come to work in professions that we not yet know what it is.… Continue reading

The benefits of learning to code at old adult age, new research from UC

eLearningworld News A new, probably the first, research study on people of the age of 60+ that is learning to code, has been published by the cognitive scientist, Philip Guo at University of California, San Diego. It is based on a survey that included 504 users of pythontutor.com between the ages of 60 and 85 from 52 different countries. The results show on what motivated older adults to learn coding was both age-related and non-age-related reasons.… Continue reading

Talent Management building bridges to the working life in Germany

eLearningworld News The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) launches two new projects to promote education for young people in small and micro enterprises and a competition of digital talent open for all students. The first is a part of the training structure program JOBSTARTER plus where the BMBF will provide around 7.6 million euros of its own funds as well as funds from the European Social Fund. Besides providing in-company training, it… Continue reading

Latest News: Kids in Finland want a robot to help them with their homework

eLearningworld News from Finland From this term, coding is a part of the general curriculum in Finnish schools. Besides improving problem-solving skills and logic thinking, this is giving the pupils new ideas of how to use technology to improve learning. The Finnish TV-station YLE is reporting from Pargas that the pupils had loads of workable ideas to ideas that still (later on?) is science fiction. However, robots that helping with homework sounds like a good… Continue reading

Latest News: 21st Century School put in practice

eLearningworld News from Finland The start of the Primary school in Finland also includes the introduction of a brand new curriculum with focus on active learning- and an interdisciplinary science approach. Seven competences work as driving forces for the educational efforts; the ability to learn to learn and think, cultural and communicative competence, everyday-life competence, digital competence, multiple-literacy, working-life competence, entrepreneurial skills and ability to contribute to a sustainable society. To accomplish these general goals… Continue reading

Latest News: Coding School expanding – No teachers, no lesson-plans, proven engagement

eLearningworld News from France 42 is a Coding University located in Paris with a ground-breaking pedagogy. No lesson-plans are offered, no teachers and thereby no tuition fees,and to get access to the learning environment is totally free. Since its creation in 2013, 42 has received more than 200 000 applications and welcomes today 2500 students. Students are selected neither on the basis of financial ability nor educational degree, but solely on the basis of their… Continue reading

Latest News: Soon possible to choose coding as a school subject

eLearningworld News from Norway Pupils in 30 Norwegian municipalities will have the opportunity to choose coding in their school education. The Minister of Education Torbjørn Røe Isaksen comment the pilot-project in the following way: “An important reason to introduce coding as a choice is to increase the pupils’ interest for technology and science. Through coding the pupils receive knowledge that science is creative and exciting, and not least these competences are important in the future.”… Continue reading