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In this computer science-oriented coding club, the children learn to use digital tools consciously, self-determinedly and responsibly. This is an important prerequisite for participating in and actively shaping a world increasingly shaped by digital media.
The topics of security, copyright and data protection are dealt with in a child-friendly manner. Everyone who uses a digital device generates data. We see it as an essential task of media education to sensitise children to these issues and to inform them about the opportunities and risks (e.g. phishing) that young users can be confronted with.
Practically, we practise respectful and safe communication with others, learn how to obtain information through targeted enquiries, explain the difference between own, self-published and protected works, and what has to be considered when using them.
Of course, we also deal with important basics about networks and the internet, how computers work, what software, programmes and algorithms are.
Learning materials, both digital and analogue are available to touch and try out. Suitable for children who have no experience with digital devices as well as those who are already savvy and regularly consume digital media.
We encourage children to actively take on challenges and solve tasks independently. In the Coding Club, they learn to develop their own strategies for solving problems and experience themselves as capable of action and self-competent.
With this innovative educational offer, we focus on skills for the future and at the same time we guide the children to find a healthier way of dealing with digital media. For a future in which the minds of tomorrow master digitalisation, and not one in which digitalisation masters the children.
We help beginners by promoting motor skills in the use of digital tools. Little geniuses are challenged by abstraction and logic in programming (sequences, loops, events and conditions). Later, in the course of the Coding Club, when enough basic understanding of algorithms and informational thinking has been established, we turn to a real programming language, for example Python, with the students.
All participants are especially trained in the use of digital devices and modern ways of working, such as the use of video conferencing and e-collaboration. The Coding Club creates a space and identification to promote communication, social behaviour and teamwork.
Students can use the Coding Club learning platform from anywhere and at any time to access their learning projects, even with devices from their own household.