Focus On Teachers
Teachers are essential for bringing computer science education to all children and helping them understand technology: how and why it works, and how to think in order to create technological solutions.
Stichting NewTechKids develops training programs and materials which prepare primary school teachers to introduce and teach computer science. We design our programs to help teachers develop a growth mindset so that they can teach computer science in the context of 21st century skills while developing their own lessons and teaching materials. Teachers need to become comfortable with experimentation and even failure if it helps them improve the learning process for their students.
Our programs provide teachers with a general framework for teaching computer science and integrate pedagogy, teaching approaches and classroom management strategies. We help teachers start teaching computer science by sharing our own lesson plans and teaching materials, many of which are ‘no tech’ and don’t require computers, technology or software.
Computer science education often sidelines teachers in favour of technologists and coders. We aim to put teachers firmly back in a leadership role. Teaching kids to understand technology, how and why it works, and how to think in order to create technological solutions is a great way to help kids develop 21st century skills: critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, creativity and communication.