The UK is getting ready for a new revolution, one where Artificial Intelligence, teachers and students will be protagonists, an education revolution. According to Education Secretary Damian Hinds, it is the way forward to overcome the biggest challenges that schools and classroom teachers are facing today, which include developing innovative teaching and assessment practices, cutting teacher workload, and promoting lifelong learning.


In fact, technology is already revolutionizing education in some schools in the UK, where the use of tech tools is enabling students to take virtual trips through places such as the Amazon rainforest, steer virtual ships and programme robots from their classroom, while also reducing the time their teachers are spending on non-teaching tasks. Despite these schools being only a minority, they show the positive impact of embracing technology in the education system, reinforce the government position about the importance of revolutionary changes to support and inspire the learners of today and tomorrow, and improve learning outcomes for all.

 


The education revolution is also backed up by Sir Anthony Seldon, vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham and renowned British author, who, in his recent work “The Fourth Education Revolution”, states that today’s education model has failed because it prevents kids from progressing at their own pace.  The current system overwhelms teachers with administrative tasks, and does not offer personalised learning opportunities, this only focuses on a narrow set of knowledge and skills. However, the authors and experts interviewed for the book explain that this reality can be transformed using advances in Artificial Intelligence to support the development of holistic education for all children.  By centring on independent thinking, emotional intelligence and creatively designed and personalised learning software, students can move at their own pace, pursuing their own interests and realising their potential.

The book concludes that “ensuring the right education system that develops our full humanity is more important than anything else we might do”, and this same thought is perceivable across different sectors of society that agree in considering necessary and urgency in transforming the present education methodology that has been in place since the industrial revolution. However, while the revolution is not set and rolled out widely across the country, we as parents, teachers and learners have to pursue new skills for us and our children to prepare for future challenges.

 

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Technology is already transforming our homes in ways we could not have imagined only a few years ago, and these same technologies are also re-shaping the labour market. We are facing a scenario of rapid and profound change involving societal, technological, economic, ecological and political factors.

Traditional job roles such as accounting, administration even legal are being replaced by AI solutions which can adapt dynamically and quickly to changes in their environment more accurately and faster than their human counterparts. This is another reason we see jobs in the finance sector diminishing along with retail banking. However it is not all doom and gloom, the future workforce will require a completely different skill set to thrive in the future and this is where technology and coding plays a vital role.
 
In many schools across the country, ICT is still considered a supplementary subject with more focus being applied to Math, English Geography and other traditional core subjects. The majority of children we talk to consider ICT a chore and not sufficiently stimulating to develop an interest in the subject. This is reflected in the low number of students enrolled in tertiary education in Computer Sciences.
We hope to change this mindset. By developing a complete curriculum which captures children's imagination and combines both theory and practical together in a fun environment we feel that we can spark ideas and interest and get kids thinking about the future.

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Technology is a means to explore and develop our creativity, such as painting or writing. It is a powerful tool that can be used by anyone willing to create digital products, solve problems and impact society, and there is no reason to think that it should be limited by gender.

However, it is no secret that girls and women are underrepresented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) careers and jobs, and it is clearly reflected in the UK labour market, where just 14.4% of STEM workforce are women. The technology gender gap starts in childhood, as shown in the report Gender Stereotypes about Intellectual Ability Emerge Early and Influence Children’s Interests, published in the academic journal Science Magazine. Children as young as 6 years old can absorb and be influenced by gender stereotypes, and these can be detrimental for both boys and girls. Moreover, a study by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)  found outdated perceptions of jobs for men and women are discouraging girls from pursuing their interests in technology, and this together with the misconception of considering activities such as coding and robotics being non-feminine are keeping girls away from technology education. This limits exposure to highly valuable skills such as logical thinking and problem solving, but most importantly, where they can become confident and empowered in their capacity to create and succeed.

At Camtac your daughter will learn computer programming, robotics and Internet of Things, and opens up a playful and creative world where girls are enabled to build something by themselves. Encouraged to use their own ideas, and develop a sense of achievement fueling the creative power within. We live in a rapidly changing society, where analytical thinking and creative problem solving are increasingly required to be a successful professional, thus girls need to be encouraged to develop these skills in order to become future leaders. One of our objectives as technology academy for children and teenagers, is to empower and engage girls in technology, that is why we have created the campaign  #MoreGirlsInTech, find it on our social media profiles to learn more.

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In today's world, we all have a high exposure to technology in our daily routines, and it is widely common that children love digital activities such as playing video games, using apps and so forth. But have you ever considered that interaction with technology can make a real difference for your children life and future if taken to the next level of becoming a creator of technology instead of being just a consumer?

 

The next level we are talking about is improving the digital literacy of your children by learning Coding or Computer Programming which is providing instructions to a computer so it performs a specific task. According to the UK government report Digital Skills for the UK Economy, digital literacy should be seen as a core skill alongside English and Maths, and since 2012 the government has being implementing initiatives to develop digital skills from an early age, so the young are not left behind when they move to the world of professional careers and work.

 

Even if your child dreams of becoming a civil engineer, a pilot or a fashion designer digital skills are relevant for all jobs and careers prospects. Software advancement is increasingly impacting all industries and changing the nature of jobs, which lead us to change the way we are valuable for the UK labour market. However, the ultimate useful aspect of coding for kids is that your child will acquire skills that are for life and applicable in many situations, not only in the workplace.

 

Knowing how to code allows children to discover new qualities and learn in a different way, as the learning process is based on trial and error methodology, where they are challenged to solve problems by testing their ideas knowing that it is ok to fail and that there is always a right solution to the errors that appear along the way. Therefore, computer programming develops and improves logical thinking, focus, creativity and problem-solving in children while empowering and enabling them to understand how the technology works and to become creators of their own digital solutions. The government initiatives in this area include Coding Clubs, which are after-school volunteer-led workshops and the inclusion of IT classes in school curriculums, which provide children with the basic notions of digital literacy, but to actually acquire the skills from learning to code it is necessary to go further and take more intensive courses.

 

 At Camtac all these essential skills, that are useful for your child from day one, are going to be acquired in a fun and intuitive way for them, as they are guided through interactive game-based courses and they can apply their coding, robotics, and Internet of Things (IoT) skills to create their own games and apps, control drones and robots, and much more. Moreover, when your child joins our 3 semester’s length courses, he or she will be supported by a team of expert professionals from the IT industry able to facilitate the development of solid skills among our students. We believe in technology being vendor agnostic, open source and freely available, which means regardless of which industry your child chooses, the foundations built in our courses are easily translated into the workplace.

 In a decade, when your child is ready to go to university or start work it is going to be a different world, and it is going to be very important to be empowered in the digital world, but it will be even more important to be a problem solver and a creative innovator and your child can start developing these skills right now by learning computer programming.

 

The following infographic summarizes the article and includes some relevant data to understand the importance of learning coding.