During 2020-2023, the Ministry of Education of Finland runs a development program called New literacy skills that aims to further strengthen media literacy, ICT skills and programming skills in childhood education and pre-primary and basic education. “It is essential for the competence and future of Finns that the local schools are top class also in terms of digital skills”, said Jussi Saramo, Minister of Education (Feb 2, 2021).
The development program is steered by the Finnish National Agency for Education and the National Audiovisual Institute. Code School Finland’s team of pedagogies have produced the manuscripts and pedagogical activities to be used in schools. The result is a collection of pedagogical examples that support teachers from early childhood education to 9th grade.
The materials will be published under open source license in August. During next year, the program will produce and assemble open learning materials that will be used by all schools in Finland. The projects and exercises will give new ideas for all teachers but also build confidence among teachers who have not yet felt successful with implementing programming skills in the classroom. This is a big step in supporting equal learning possibilities across the nation.
Code School Finland will also provide training and support for teachers and schools for a wide rollout of the teaching materials.
About Code School Finland
We help educators implement a 21st century skill curriculum as part of their school program. The Code School Finland curriculum for coding, robotics and artificial intelligence improves student learning and supports teacher professional development.