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Advancing Digital Education with Coding Communities.

Coding communities offer workshops and meet-ups to make it easier for participants to access the complex field of technology. In contrast to school-based teaching, the workshops are designed to be playful. Participants learn by making mistakes. Coding communities are characterized by a friendly, supportive atmosphere and openness.

Press picture Berliner Tagesspiegel Background on Coding Communities

Coding communities exist all over the world, including in Germany and Austria. In an article for the Berlin Tagesspiegel Background, Prof. Thomas Gegenhuber, together with Frauke Hinz (a former bachelor student of Prof. Gegenhuber), shows what formal education systems could learn from coding communities. Since coding communities have a great impact, policy makers would be well advised to promote and support them. What is possible is demonstrated by Coding Community Canada Learning Code, which started as a local group in Toronto and is now active across Canada. In 2019, there were more than 420 communities across the country teaching technical skills to those interested. Canada Learning Code offers several programs aimed at specific audiences. There are workshops tailored to girls, children, teens, women and teachers.

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