As Steve Jobs, Apple’s cofounder once said “I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.”
Coding can be described as a fundamental digital literacy, which in today’s world is considered an essential skill our girls should have.
To that end Woodford has joined Code Club Aotearoa and hosts a club on Tuesdays from 4.00 – 5.00pm in the library/Ormond.
Code club is a national network which offers free workshops run by volunteers with various projects which teach students to program by showing them how to make computer games, animations and websites.
Their philosophy is that Learning to code is an important skill living in a digital age. It’s not just enough for children to know how to use technology. Each child, regardless of their background, should have the chance to explore the endless possibilities technology provides. Every student in New Zealand deserves the opportunity to decide whether a career in IT is something they want to pursue. Through learning to design and code real world solutions, working with others with different skill sets, and interacting with volunteers from the IT industry, students can make future career decisions based on first hand experience.
We want to break the perception that coding is some ‘exceptional skill’ that few people can master – Code Club is for everyone and we believe every child can benefit from joining our clubs as they will learn so much more than how to ‘train their computer’ to follow their commands. Code Clubs are fun; they give children a sense of accomplishment and encourage ‘big ideas’.
We are very lucky to have Andrew Norris, a parent of two Woodford students, offering his expertise. Andrew has been involved in IT for the past 25 years and holds a BBS (Information Systems) and a Diploma in Business Computing (Programming). He is an Oracle Certified Professional and is currently completing his Microsoft Certified Professional exams. His expertise is in database systems and business intelligence. He currently works for Unison in Hawke’s Bay, prior to this he was contracting in the UK and before that worked as a Senior Principal Consultant for Oracle New Zealand, completing a number of consulting engagements in New Zealand and throughout Asia Pacific. Andrew wanted to make sure the girls at Woodford have the opportunity to learn some of the fundamentals that enable our digitally connected world to function, and have some fun at the same time. Helping the girls take some small steps now will arm them with a toolset to shape the future of this digital world we live in – that gives me a huge amount of satisfaction.
Our first session was attended by eight keen individuals with 19 people joining the group on Schoology. This includes three staff members who are also keen to learn. Everyone is welcome; so if you would like more information, check out the video below and contact Ms Dunstan.
Ms Toni Dunstan, Director of Staff