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Minister encourages schools to lead the way in 'Hour of Code'


Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 12/11/2015. Minister encourages schools to lead the way in 'Hour of Code'Tags: Teachers Education And Politics


A global movement, dubbed the Hour of Code, will take place from December 7th - 13th. It aims to introduce over 100 million students around the world to computer science through a one hour introduction which will serve to make coding approachable and fun.

The Hour of Code is organized by Code.org, a public non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools and to a wider community.

In Ireland, the event is being coordinated by Excited, The Digital Learning Movement along with the Irsh Independent. According to the Hour of Code website, anyone can organize an event in the classroom, in the school or just within the local community.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, former junior education Minister Ciaran Cannon said:

"Last year, Ireland staged the second most Hour of Code events per capita in the world. This year we can be first."

Mr Cannon, founder of Excited - the Digital Learning Movement, has long been an advocate for coding classes to be introduced to the Irish curriculum:

"It is a subject that can empower our children to gain an even deeper understanding of our modern world and in that process acquire many other complimentary skills that will serve them well through life"

If you are interested in organizing an Hour of Code in your school or community, visit the Hour of Code website here.


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