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How do I use a wiki?

For those of you not familiar with wikis it is really very simple:
1. Register in the top right hand corner, it says that you don't have to but you do in order to edit the text
2. Check your email for a message from mediawiki that you will use to activate your account
3. Go to the re-opened page of the wiki
4. Select the edit button
5. Scroll and edit the sections you fancy, add/remove/alter
6. When you are done, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and make sure you SAVE!!

All versions and revision histories are there for everyone to see, and please take note that it is available under creative commons licensing, this means that it is all open and free for every single person in the world to access and use the information there if they fancy. We think this is a good thing!

Coding for Kids

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Statement of intent

This group was created by a community of people brought together on the 12th October 2011 at the Guardian, York Way, London - made up of young people, teachers, ex-teachers, developers, parents and industry with the purpose of finding ways to support education of programming and computational thinking for the current and next generations in the UK. Whether this be through traditional education methods - or other stuff.

One of the catalysts was a speech by Google CEO Eric Schmidt in which he said the country that invented the computer was "throwing away your great computer heritage" by failing to teach programming in schools. "I was flabbergasted to learn that today computer science isn't even taught as standard in UK schools," he said. "Your IT curriculum focuses on teaching how to use software, but gives no insight into how it's made" (Full text of lecture], view lecture online).

Emma Mulqueeny of Young Rewired State [1] wrote an e-petition to teach our kids to code, which was then approved and published in the following weeks [2] that she has explained a bit better here [3]

On social media and the media at large, the topic of kids and coding continued to grow, so Katy Beale, Rachel Coldicutt (of Caper) and Emma Mulqueeny, Adam McGreggor and John Bevan (of Young Rewired State) decided to curate a barcamp-style event [4], with the intention that it would kickstart action and build a community of people who could do so much more than individuals or organisations. Audio interviews - 12/11/2011

This wiki is an open, free to be edited by anyone resource for Coding for Kids. Please don't abuse it!

Make your pledge(s)

As an output of the inaugural barcamp, every person attending pledged to do one thing each (of their own choosing), and to either do this or write about this pledge before November 5th 2011.

You needn't have attend the barcamp to make a pledge. Anyone can add a pledge here:

Find us online

Twitter : @codingforkids
Facebook : Coding for {kids}
Forum / mailing list is a google group, join here and everyone welcome : Forum
GitHub (Source code, lessons, etc) : Coding for Kids
YouTube Channel: Coding for Kids on YouTube

Useful contacts

Katy Beale 07803 887623 or @katybeale or
Contacts page.

UK government, E-Skills, other NGOs and exam awarding bodies strategies

Government and NGOs

As taught in other countries

Examples of how programming is taught to various age groups in other countries.

Useful websites

Learning resources and blogs etc

"Unit testing"

One early commenter [5] made a comment about corporations planning to teach kids about dry topics like "unit testing".

Let's turn this around and use the concept to let groups of kids try out what's being discussed by the government and associated NGOs (both kids that code and kids that don't) to provide feedback on the proposals. {How can we organise this and get government to listen?}

So How Do You Start a 'Computer Club'?

Starting A 'Computer Club'

If you want to use our logo for Coding for Kids related activity, please let us know and we'll be happy to supply it in the correct format for you. Katy - details in the Useful Contacts section above.

Our logo was designed (gratis) by Alex from ThreeFour [6]

On the 11th July 2012 Emma Mulqueeny retired from her leadership role in Coding for Kids to focus on the growing demands of Young Rewired State but remains a grand champion of all Katy does with the community

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