Digital Literacy Now
Today’s world is dominated by technology and software is its language. This trend can only grow in the future where technology will permeate every aspect of life. Digital literacy is the nextgen literacy and computational thinking is the nextgen thinking of the tech rock stars of the future. The future belongs to those who know how to use this language as creators and innovators to shape the world.
One thing that Bill Gates and Steve Jobs agreed on as a highly contributing factor to their early success as software giants was the head start they got by learning how to code as teenagers. Many people across the world are realizing the need to equip children with digital literacy as early as possible which is why countries such as the United Kingdom and Estonia have now introduced computer programming as a core subject from Standard One in Primary schools.
At digikids, we are passionate about empowering children to become creators with technology. We use an experiential approach in our teaching. A student is introduced to a particular practice, idea, or piece of information through an opening experience. The student then shares what he or she did with the class and processes the experience through a series of questions that allow him or her to generalize and apply the new knowledge and skill. This model is very different from the rote learning, a memorization technique based on repetition, which is used in most formal education systems. Our Learning Program is Modular. It is made up of a number of sequential modules so that each child can enter at the level best suited for them and then progress as far as they want to go into subsequent modules. We achieve our goals through:
- Developing computational thinking as a technique for logical thinking and problem solving
- Teaching coding as a tool for creating innovative solutions though fun and easy to learn visual programming languages
- Sensitization on how to interact with technology, especially the internet, safely and securely
- Encouraging hardware invention through easy to use electronic building blocks to create thousands of projects
- Training on Robotics using world standard education tools
Internet Safety for Kids
We have partnered with (ISC)2 Kenya Chapter, a local organisation of information security professionals, to build a strong information security culture in our students to enable them become responsible digital citizens. Our internet safety and security education lessons are incorporated into each of our programs so as to bring cybersecurity information down to a level that children can understand. The training teaches children how to protect themselves online and become responsible digital citizens which allows them to feel comfortable visiting their favorite websites and playing their most challenging online games.
"Before coming to this workshop, programming seemed very difficult and complicated to me. After this workshop, I think programming is quite simple and easy to learn!"
Naomi, Nairobi Primary School
Our Regular Programs
digikids develops and runs computer programming courses and holiday camps specially designed for kids and teens in Kenya. Our mission is to empower our next generation to be creators using technology.