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February-April 2019

Google-supported programme in Netherlands helps primary schools with computational thinking

A programme in the Netherlands to support primary schools in providing computational thinking and programming, developed with financial support from Google, is well on schedule. The DigiLeerKracht (DigiTeacher) training programme, run by the Dutch national expertise centre for girls and women in science and technology (VHTO), received a financial contribution of $500,000 from Google to enable 2,000 primary schools to participate in the two-day training programme at no cost to them. More than 500 primary schools have joined the DigiLeerKracht, and in the coming school year, even more educational institutions will follow. “We want to touch 2,000 schools with our training programme,” said Cocky Booij, director at VHTO. Women in IT At the end of March 2017, VHTO DigiLeerKracht was developed in collaboration with experts from Delft University of Technology and Codeklas. Booij said it was focusing initially on primary schools, many of which still have some way to go in their implementation of digital skills in their curriculum. As ...

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