February 23, 2015

Finnish schoolchildren develop coding for curriculum

Technology is already widely utilised in the Finnish classroom. Learning coding is the latest step towards an innovative future.
Technology is already widely utilised in the Finnish classroom. Learning coding is the latest step towards an innovative future.
Markku Ulander / Lehtikuva

Coding will be part of the core curriculum for students at Finnish comprehensive schools in 2016.

In light of this, YLE reports that dozens of computer programming courses are being held around the country that seek to develop next year’s pioneering teaching programme. Elisa is one of several IT companies and tech industry organisations currently hosting the courses instructing children aged 10–12 years old.

The Ministry of Education has specifically drawn on the expertise of the private sector, as many in Finland’s current teaching body are not fully versed in the requirements of teaching coding.

“If we want to effect changes in our society, we need to harness the available resources of our entire community,” ministry employee Jarkko Moilanen told YLE. “We need to use what is available to us, and private sector holds important skills that we can utilise in the development of our teaching.”

According to Moilanen these free courses provide a strong example of how coding could be instructed next year.

“We are searching for potential models that can be applied on a broader scale,” he is quoted as saying.

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