Coding - Will they be coders? Coding - Will they be coders?

Coding - Will they be coders?

"Programma il futuro": bringing coding to primary schools

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On 3 December, the "Programma il Futuro" Press Conference was held at the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR).

The three-year project, arising from a partnership with the MIUR and the National Inter-University Consortium for Informatics (CINI), has already involved 1,176 classes (data of 1 December 2014), provided with enjoyable and easily accessible tools. During these months of experiments, interactive and non-interactive lessons were scheduled to introduce pupils to the IT world with a training programme that goes beyond initial digital literacy and makes youngsters aware of the potential of the new technologies and players actively involved in their development.

The role of Telecom Italia

Telecom Italia is the first company to have joined the "Coding the Future" project and is the only one to play the role of a "benefactor" partner.

Telecom Italia is constantly engaged in the digital transformation of Italy and in digital learning to change the School world.

With its Corporate Social Responsibility activities, Telecom Italia also has an active and leading role in the European and Italian Digital Agenda.

For the project, Telecom Italia will help to:

  • communicate and promote the project
  • reward the most active and deserving schools
  • provide support and assistance for classroom training with Telecom Italia volunteers in schools 

Computer Science Education Week

The week from 8 - 14 December, will be dedicated to #coding, with the participation of over 8,000 classes and 155,000 pupils.

The data collected from the European Code Week held from 11 - 17 October 2014 proved interesting:

  • 1,176 classes were involved
  • 22,464 pupils took part
  • 16,166 pupils completed at least one hour of coding

Data of 1 December 2014

An evaluation by teachers and pupils:

  • 98% of teachers rated the project useful or very useful
  • 87% of pupils were interested or very interested
  • 79% of teachers said that their expectations were met

Digital literacy

If the 20th century was the century of literacy of the masses, the present century is the one of digital literacy: youngsters need to change from being mere consumers of technology to people who can apply logical thinking in order to understand, control and develop content and methods for solving problems and seizing the opportunities that society can now offer them.

Stefania Giannini, Minister of Education, Universities and Research

To be adequately prepared for any job in the future, it is now essential for a pupil to understand the fundamental concepts of computer science, just as it was in the previous century for maths, physics, biology and chemistry.

Enrico Nardelli and Giorgio Ventre, project coordinators at the CINI