To code or not to code,


Is that the question?

Computers are at the heart of the economy, and coding is at the heart of computers.
Australia’s prosperity depends on equipping the next generation with the skills they
need to thrive in this environment, but does this mean that we need to teach everyone
how to code? Coding has a proud role in digital technology’s past, but is it an essential
skill in the future? Our relationship with technology is evolving and coding, while still
important, is just one of the many new skills that will be required.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called for the country's schools to introduce IT
skills to students much earlier than they do now, suggesting that children as young as
five or six should be introduced to coding. President Obama affirmed the need for
coding education in his final state of the nation address. Some educators, however, are
already pointing out that that teaching coding on its own might not be enough.

We will be holding a round table discussion to explore the following questions:

• What is the intention behind “we need to teach everyone to code”?

• What educational and social outcomes we should be striving for?

• Are there key skills from “learning to code” not covered in the current curriculum?

• Is there a better definition for digital literacy?

• How does digital literacy relate to coding and the rest of computer science?

• How do we demystify digital technology and bring the community along?

The workshops are part of series that will contribute to a research project undertaken
by Deloitte's Centre for the Edge and Geelong Grammar's School of Creative
Education.
Please contact Peter Evans-Greenwood <pevansgreenwood@deloitte.com.au> if
you are interested in participating.

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