The Get2ICT Story
We are delighted that you have decided to join the ever-growing and now running GET2ICT Computer Coding Dojo. There could be not a more exciting time to join our club, which is inspiring a whole new generation of boys and girls across Uganda, to increase and improve their ICT/programming skills.
Coding Stories and coding games are playful, hands-on ways for children to explore and experiment with early coding. They offer opportunities for interactions and collaborative learning. If coding is new to you, you will find that it builds on many early math and literacy concepts you already are familiar with.
Coding (or programming) is a basic language of the digital age. It involves the process of creating step-by-step instructions a computer understands and needs in order for its programs to work. Gaming systems, tablets, cars, cell phones, TVs—even washing machines!—all use coding to function properly.
Early coding, or pre-coding, offers children experiences that integrate communication, thinking, and problem-solving. These are 21st-century skills that are valuable for children’s future success in our digital world.
There are many learning activities pre-school children already engage in that relate to coding. I started to think about some aspects of pre-coding that would be meaningful to pre-schoolers, and I began to develop a series of activities where children create their own coding stories. Children learn about creating commands or using directional language, when they make and use maps to locate a treasure during dramatic play and when they give each other instructions while playing with toy cars. Activities related to creating and following commands can be game-like in nature, such as moving a gaming piece a specific number of spaces on a grid.
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My realisation is that children are naturally drawn to adventurous experiences in which they can explore movement, direction, and location. Many of the same concepts supported in these activities, such as spatial reasoning and number sense, are a foundational part of coding that children can practice without a computer.
Early coding is fun and exciting. The earlier children explore the basics of coding, the more easily they will be able to learn, understand, and apply coding later in life. Many preschoolers are just the right age to begin learning!
Coding is more accessible to young children than you may think. To participate successfully in pre-coding activities, children should be introduced to the directional language, like up and down, backward and forward, left and right. They need to become familiar with how to count using ordinals (first, second, third) and understand one-to-one correspondence. Some children will have mastered these concepts and others will still be learning. If children are just beginning to understand and follow directional language and use ordinals, the pre-coding activities that follow will reinforce that learning.
Activities involving location and movement, such as playing board games and giving directions to peers in pretend play, offer some background knowledge, and provide entry points for children into coding activities.
Coding is like a game. It’s very engaging for children who enjoy telling stories and using grids and maps. Children ages 3 to 5 are able to create drawings of maps that represent relationships between objects and places. When we incorporate programming into early learning settings, we immerse children in versatile activities that align with standards in multiple areas, like math, problem-solving, communication, and literacy. Pre-coding activities offer children opportunities for interaction and collaborative learning, as well.
The beauty of GET2ICT Computer Coding Dojo is the way it combines a fun, real-life structure for learning IT-related skills to the development of a whole set of wider transferable skills, from project management to teamwork and evaluation. The boys and girls absolutely love going to Get2ICT and have been its biggest advocates within Kampala alone and spreading the word beyond.
GET2ICT Computer Coding Dojo aims to make a profound difference in schools to attitudes and aptitudes of both boys and girls in the ICT area. We are a club that aims for innovation and creativity across all subjects, with our specialization in general ICT skills, graphics animations, and technology.
What GET2ICT Computer Coding Dojo is helping to do is to reinforce the critical skills between ICT, Arts, creativity, and the full range of subjects. That’s the point; IT is an essential part of any career nowadays. If you would like your child to join GET2ICT Computer Coding Dojo please contact us at email@example.com and or call/whatsapp @ +256 772 329 590.
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Uganda’s journey to a computerised era
About one million Ugandans have access to computers, a number which is still lacking compared to the developed countries. For instance about 120 million people in the US, according to statistics from US Census Bureau have access to a computer.
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Computing Club runs on a Friday and Saturday by Sir. Alfred Cole.
The club alternates between Key Stage 1-Primary 1 to Primary 3 (8.30pm) and Key Stage 2 -Primary 4 o Primary 7 (12.00pm) each week and is ran by our Get2ICT Digital Leaders.
Computing Club is all about increasing the level of Digital Literacy here at Get2ICT and providing children with an outlet and opportunity to expand their Computing knowledge, skills and experiences in a fun and interesting way.
During our lock down lessons Get2ICT Computing Club's main focus has been on Coding and Stop-motion Animation in primary.
At Get2ICT we take the safety of our children very meticulously, which also includes their safety on the Internet.
Children are becoming increasingly computer literate so it is essential that parents/carers are fully aware of the pros and cons of their child using the Internet. As we continue our new School year and Term, would you please ensure you talk to your child about the SMART rules for the use of the Internet and general E-Safety within the coding dojo and at home.
Visit the Our Policy Link to view the E-Safety Policy.