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Old 09-10-2012, 10:26 PM   #1
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Default Education: first graders to learn computer code
Estonian first graders to learn computer code
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Tallinn (AFP) Sept 6, 2012




Tech-savvy Estonia has launched a project encouraging public schools to teach pupils, including first graders, to write computer code, the project's authors said Thursday.

Ave Lauringson from the Tiger Leap Foundation said the project was set up to counter the dwindling number of computer lessons being given in many Estonian schools.

The "teaching materials for all grade levels are almost compiled by now and the interest of schools wishing to join the project since we launched it this week increases every day," Lauringson said.

The foundation is training teachers in September with the goal of letting them start IT classes in October.

Lauringson said the foundation will use a Microsoft tool that teaches kids how to create web-based games.

"They can become a kind of IT experts themselves at the age of seven," she said.

Estonia, a Baltic state of 1.3 million people that joined the EU in 2004 and the eurozone in 2011, has often been praised for its IT innovations that have earned it the nickname of E-stonia.

The Microsoft program called Kodu, meaning "home" in Estonian, enables children to create PC and XBox games via a simple visual programming language.

The project is financed from the state budget and will cost 70,000 euros ($88,000) this year.




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Old 09-10-2012, 10:33 PM   #2
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Estonia (from hazy memory) is a bit different as the country is run by "pure" economics... As opposed to political economics...

This sort of policy making is helpful in terms of technological advancement...
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:36 PM   #3
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Ah- breeding a new generation of hackers

In this day and age, being tech savvy from a very young age isn't a bad thing.
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:54 PM   #4
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Ah- breeding a new generation of hackers

In this day and age, being tech savvy from a very young age isn't a bad thing.
One think that is amazing is how intuitive new technologies are to operate... touch screens have completely changed the way we interact with our electronic devices.

It's now much easier for young (and I mean very young) children to very easily navigate technological interfaces - learning to use a mouse take practice, but simply touching the thing you want is dead simple...
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:56 PM   #5
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One think that is amazing is how intuitive new technologies are to operate... touch screens have completely changed the way we interact with our electronic devices.

It's now much easier for young (and I mean very young) children to very easily navigate technological interfaces - learning to use a mouse take practice, but simply touching the thing you want is dead simple...
And cats too, according to YouTube.
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Old 09-11-2012, 05:03 AM   #6
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Does the ease of navigation really improve "tech savy"? Or just make the technology easier for consumer level use?
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Old 09-11-2012, 06:32 AM   #7
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Estonia (from hazy memory) is a bit different as the country is run by "pure" economics... As opposed to political economics...

This sort of policy making is helpful in terms of technological advancement...
Could you provide a reference for the difference between 'pure economics' and 'political economics'?
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