By now most of us are using a computer of some sort on a daily basis, and most of us have internet in our house. Times have certainly changed over the years, and are still changing at a very fast pace. But how much do we actually know about technology and more importantly, how do we equip our children with the skills they need to succeed in the future?
Whether you like it or not, technology skills are needed in all forms of employment and everyday life today. By the time our kids are employable, more and more traditional jobs will be unavailable – so we are possibly preparing our kids for a future that won’t even exist by the time they get there. Technology related careers are growing and this trend is not changing any time soon.
This makes you stop and think about traditional education and start the question the actual benefits of it. Should we not be working with our kids to allow them to find their inner talents and abilities and help them grow? It is these talents and skills, coupled with technology knowledge, of course, that is the key to success in the future.
In response to these changing trends and the need for our kids to be prepared, there are a few great initiatives that are taking place in and around Ireland.
Spearheaded in Ireland and now available across the world, there is a CoderDojo movement taking place – free classes introducing young children to technology and coding being offered in a fun environment. This Dojo movement is catching on and right now there are over 530 Dojos in 50 countries across the world.
Techspace is another nationwide initiative that offers free digital technology programs. With 550 centres, TechSpace is reaching kids and adults of all backgrounds offering them fun learning that offers them skills focused on creative technology. Again, they work with the child’s interests – so if your daughter is into Monster Highs, they will work with them to give them skills to create something around that. Possibilities are endless.
Bridge 21 is working to change the way technology is being taught in classrooms throughout Ireland. They are working hard to get schools involved – some are interested and some, not so much.
All of these programs are backed by some of the biggest names in the tech world. Remember, their programs are all free of charge so there is no risk in trying them out. In this world of ours, where we cannot possibly predict the future, it’s a wise idea to be prepared in any way we possibly can be. This is a good start…