Menu
Kiwi students join in global ‘Hour of Code’ event

Kiwi students join in global ‘Hour of Code’ event

Microsoft NZ and High Tech Youth Network encourage students and teachers from across the country to try coding for an hour during Computer Science Education Week.

Students from New Zealand will today be among the first in the world to participate in this week’s ‘Hour of Code’ event, a global campaign aiming to encourage 100 million students around the world to try an hour of computer coding.

Described as the largest learning event in history, the Hour of Code is supported by over 100 partners and organized by Code.org for Computer Science Education Week, starting today.

During the week, students and teachers can visit the web site and complete an hour of activities that will introduce them to the basics of coding and computer science.

As a global sponsor of the 2014 campaign launch, Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella says the Hour of Code aims to help students discover the fun of coding and – more importantly – how it can be a catalyst to create and achieve great things.

“Together, we can foster a vibrant pool of technically talented young people who are passionate and empowered to change the world,” he says.

Mike Usmar, CEO of the High Tech Youth Network – which is partly funded by Microsoft through its YouthSpark programme – says HTYN will be actively participating in the Hour of Code event this week through its three main studios in West Auckland, Otara and Hamilton.

“It’s vital that Kiwi youth become fluent in the language of digital technology," Usmar adds.

"This is why coding is already one of the core components of our teaching programme at the Network.

“We have been seeing an increasing groundswell of interest from teachers who ask why coding isn’t part of their core school curriculum.

"The Hour of Code event provides a great opportunity for educators to change this by familiarising themselves and their students with the basics of coding, so they can encourage their school to incorporate it into general school curriculum.”

Microsoft New Zealand is also encouraging schools, teachers and students to participate in the Hour of Code event this week as a lead up to the main ‘Week of Code’ event Microsoft will be spearheading in schools during March 2015.

“With young people today facing an unprecedented level of technological change in the workplace, supplying them with the right level of digital training can propel them into interesting and exciting careers,” says Evan Blackman, Education Sector Director, Microsoft New Zealand.

“Equipping young people with digital skills isn’t only about helping them in the job market, however. Coding is just one important part of developing broader digital skills which can help students grow their creativity, flexibility and problem-solving abilities.

“Learning to code can help students understand the increasingly digital world around them. In today’s knowledge-based economy, Computer Science Education should be considered a curriculum cornerstone, as much as reading, writing or mathematics.”

Now into its second year, the Hour of Code movement initially reached 20 million students in December 2013 alone with half of all participants girls.

Since then, the Hour of Code movement has gone worldwide, with tutorials translated into more than 30 languages.

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Microsoft

Featured

Slideshows

Reseller News launches inaugural Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News launches inaugural Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomed 2015 and 2016 inductees - Darryl Swann, Dave Rosenberg, Gary Bigwood, Keith Watson, Mike Hill and Scott Green - to the inaugural Reseller News Hall of Fame lunch, held at the French Cafe in Auckland. The inductees discussed how the channel can collectively work together to benefit New Zealand, the Kiwi skills shortage and the future of the industry. Photos by Maria Stefina.

Reseller News launches inaugural Hall of Fame lunch
Educating from the epicentre - Why distributors are the pulse checkers of the channel

Educating from the epicentre - Why distributors are the pulse checkers of the channel

​As the channel changes and industry voices deepen, the need for clarity and insight heightens. Market misconceptions talk of an “under pressure” distribution space, with competitors in that fateful “race for relevance” across New Zealand. Amidst the cliched assumptions however, distribution is once again showing its strength, as a force to be listened to, rather than questioned. Traditionally, the role was born out of a need for vendors and resellers to find one another, acting as a bridge between the testing lab and the marketplace. Yet despite new technologies and business approaches shaking the channel to its very core, distributors remain tied to the epicentre - providing the voice of reason amidst a seismic industry shift. In looking across both sides of the vendor and partner fences, the middle concept of the three-tier chain remains centrally placed to understand the metrics of two differing worlds, as the continual pulse checkers of the local channel. This exclusive Reseller News Roundtable, in association with Dicker Data and rhipe, examined the pivotal role of distribution in understanding the health of the channel, educating from the epicentre as the market transforms at a rapid rate.

Educating from the epicentre - Why distributors are the pulse checkers of the channel
Kiwi channel reunites as After Hours kicks off 2017

Kiwi channel reunites as After Hours kicks off 2017

After Hours made a welcome return to the channel social calendar last night, with a bumper crowd of distributors, vendors and resellers descending on The Jefferson in Auckland to kickstart 2017. Photos by Maria Stefina.

Kiwi channel reunites as After Hours kicks off 2017
Show Comments