The Covid-19 pandemia has forced schools to partly move to remote teaching, but despite the special circumstances the schools in Japan are rolling out the new 2020 curriculum as planned.
One of the major updates in the curriculum is related to computer programming. Coding will be taught starting in elementary school. It’s a major step forward as the country seeks to train a new generation in information technology skills. The initially approved content by the education ministry includes students drawing polygons and making LED lights blink in a microcontroller. Practical hurdles involve obtaining and networking classroom computers as well as training teachers in the subject.
Code School Finland’s curriculum for K-12 has been fitted into the requirements of the new Japanese curriculum. First teacher training starts already in August, with the Japanese teachers participating in online training by Code School certified trainers operating remotely from Finland. The students’ digital materials have been translated and will be distributed online.