Stichting NewTechKids is pleased to announce that it is developing the first of a series of online teacher training courses aimed at helping primary school teachers introduce computer science, technological literacy and computational thinking to students ages 7-9. We are doing this to help schools and teachers provide students with 21st century skills and prepare them to study, work and function as citizens in a world of rapid and constant technological development. We believe that

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Stichting NewTechKids has launched an exciting, new initiative in collaboration with the Amsterdam-based team of Salesforce.org, the non-profit philanthropic arm of the American tech company. Salesforce.org sponsors a range of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives around the world and its employees are involved as volunteers. From November - December 2017, we are teaching a Computational Thinking bootcamp in Amsterdam for second chance youth ages 17-25 who have returned to high school. We’re providing

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Een oproep aan alle baanbrekende docenten! Vraag hier deelname aan! (Information in English.) Wil jij deel uitmaken van een groep leraren op (Nederlands en internationale) basisscholen die als eersten in Nederland lessen over computerwetenschappen en ‘computational thinking’ geven? Lees dan snel verder, want Stichting NewTechKids (stichting partner van NewTechKids) biedt een selecte groep docenten de zeldzame kans om GRATIS een trainingsprogramma, ter waarde van ruim 2.000 Euro, te volgen. Het programma is speciaal ontwikkeld voor

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Calling all trailblazer teachers! Apply for a spot here! (Information in Dutch.) Stichting NewTechKids (NewTechKids' non-profit counterpart) is offering a select group of primary school teachers in Dutch and international schools in the Netherlands the opportunity to attend a FREE teacher training program. (Normal price: 2000 euro plus 21% BTW per teacher.) Designed for teachers who have never taught technology or programming-related classes before, this training program will focus on training teachers to teach fundamental

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Last Friday, Stichting NewTechKids was fortunate to participate in an all-day Scrum training workshop given by Dion Nicolaas, a TomTom Expert Software Engineer. TomTom is one of the Netherlands' best-known technology companies which specialises in navigation and location-based services. Scrum is a framework for agile software development which is used widely at TomTom and many other technology companies. It provides software teams with a structured work process which helps them collaborate and complete specific technology

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From May - July 2017, Stichting NewTechKids' taught a computer science program to an all-girls group at de Blauwe Lijn, a primary school in Amsterdam Southeast. The school is situated in one of Amsterdam's poorest neighbourhoods. Els Ranzijn, the school's principal, lobbied for the program and volunteered to help teach it over 10 weeks. Here are her thoughts about the experience. Tell us about your school. Els: Our school is an average-sized elementary school, with

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Computer science (CS) education is more established at the high school level, with many countries in Europe such as the United Kingdom and Finland offering it as a mandatory subject. Primary school is a whole different matter. Thankfully, momentum is picking up and schools, teachers, computer science advocacy groups, non-profits, higher education institutes, technology companies and governments are supporting efforts to integrate computer science into primary school curriculum. Stichting NewTechKids was delighted to be commissioned

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Stichting NewTechKids has published a report about our experiences teaching computer science and technological literacy programs to primary school-aged children in Amsterdam Southeast. Read the complete report here. Amsterdam Southeast is a largely low-income, minority community. We describe the children we taught as 'Rising Technologists' because we believe that with opportunity and access to computer science education, they have the potential to become future technologists and leaders who can help their communities. Thanks to a Google

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We are used to teaching kids from middle and upper class backgrounds. Children who live in areas with access to coding club and whose parents can pay for after-school computer science lessons. Children who attend the best schools in the centre of Amsterdam. Children who are in ‘gifted’ programs. Children whose homes are full of the latest technological devices and STEM-related toys. Children whose parents earn high salaries because they work in technology fields. Thanks

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We at Stichting NewTechKids savour the challenge of teaching kids computational thinking through computer science and technological literacy education. Different kids have different learning styles. Our focus is taking that knowledge and developing new pedagogies, didactics and teaching approaches as well as curriculum and lessons. Our Google RISE-supported 21st Century Skills Clubs in Amsterdam Southeast are important research and development environments for us.  Our classes are 50% girls, 50% boys with the kids coming from mostly

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