Computer Education for this generation #CodeGeneration

I often ask my teens for help when it comes to my technical stuff, especially anything related to the computer. It seems like computers are second nature to the kids these days. Even my youngest can do things on her computer I could never even imagine until I started working online. If you know any kids, you will know how much games and the online life is a big part of their day to day. They are constantly learning, creating and growing with this ever changing world. Their ability to adjust and expand their mind is amazing to me. I only wish it was this easy for their parents.

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When it comes to computers and having them run smoothly,  one company comes to mind more often than others, Microsoft. So it is no surprise to me that they are behind a great program geared towards youth.

Introducing Microsoft’s #CodeGeneration

To celebrate Computer Science Education Week (Dec 7 to 13), Microsoft Canada launched the #CodeGeneration campaign, encouraging students to learn to code.

Anybody can learn coding – everyone starts somewhere. What’s your dream future? Inventing something cool? Helping the environment? Creating your own business? Whatever it is, chances are that coding can help bring it to life.

From now until December 13, you can join in weekly coding challenges that will help you learn to code! Earn points for each challenges completed, redeem those points for awesome rewards and receive an invite to the ultimate code-off.

With free online coding challenges, in-store “Hour of Code” sessions and a partnership with Code.org offering students and educators a Minecraft coding tutorial, Microsoft is showing students that anyone can learn to code, and the power to create technology is at our fingertips.

I still remember how happy one of my teens sons were when they realized the stuff they love to do every day could be a career for them in the future.

Hour of Code” is a global movement launched by code.org and supported by Microsoft reaching tens of millions of students in over 180 countries. Did you know globally, over 100 million students have completed an Hour of Code? Students as young as four years old are taking part and getting started with the basics of coding and computer science. This is so amazing to me as a mom of four! #CodeGeneration will end Computer Science Education Week with a bang on Sunday, December 13 by hosting “Hour of Code” coding workshops for students in Microsoft Stores nationwide.

This knowledge will open up many doors for the youth of today! By 2019, the projected skills gap in the Canadian IT sector is expected to be 182,000 jobs. Learning to code is a fun way for students to explore a future in computer sciences while preparing to meet the needs of an evolving knowledge-based economy. With youth employment being so low, this program will increase the amount of jobs after graduation for so many who choose a career in computer sciences.


Attend Microsoft’s Hour of Code sessions with your child

Who – Students between the ages of 13 and 18

What – In-store “Hour of Code” sessions

WhenSunday, December 13 2015 (all local time zones)

Session 1: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session 2: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Session 3: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where – Microsoft Stores nationwide:

Calgary, Chinook Centre

Edmonton, West Edmonton Mall

Burnaby, Metropolis at Metrotown

Vancouver, Pacific Centre

Mississauga, Square One Shopping Centre

Toronto, Eaton Centre

Toronto, Yorkdale Shopping Centre

On Sunday, December 13th, students across Canada will join #CodeGeneration with Minecraft-themed coding challenges hosted by Microsoft Canada in honour of Hour of Code. Parents or students that are interested in participating can register online at http://www.microsoft.ca/codeoff.

 

 

Disclosure-This post was brought to you by Microsoft Canada, all opinions are my own 

Comments

  1. I know the feeling! My daughter had a strange cord plugged into the outlet in the car. I said what is this? I really had no idea. She said, “Mom, it’s an aux cord, geez!”. I’d never seen them before and I guess that was funny to her.

    We could all benefit in our home from this workshop.

  2. We’ve done Hour of Code at our school – it’s super cool! Love that kids are learning coding. I wish I knew how to code!

  3. This is awesome! hen i learned coding, I really struggled – and still do from time to time. i’d love for my daughter to learn it now, I know she’ll need it later! This is great, thanks for letting me know!

  4. I wish they had it in our area. Makes me want to travel to TO for this. Gabs is into coding.

  5. This is great. CBC had something similar this month as well.

  6. Great idea! I want both my girls to learn coding. It’s a skill that will be more and more in demand, and I think it will help them be successful in their futures.

  7. My computer class in high school meant learning to operate a computer (turn it on, type…). Clearly our children get to school knowing the basics (and more), so coding is going to be a breeze and a necessity! I’d like to learn alongside my kids.

  8. I wish I knew how! This is great, I love that it’s educational and gives them skills. Great idea Microsoft!

  9. I so wish there was a Microsoft store in London. The nearest one is in Mississauga which is still 2 hours away! I know that my son would have loved to have attended the session. I keep encouraging him get involved in coding. His shop teacher told us that he loves to work with the computer and design very intricate models. Great program Microsoft!

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