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S. A. - 25/10/2017

Class'Code receives the Best Practices in Education Award

Awarded by Informatics Europe, this year's international Best Practices in Education Award goes to Class'Code, which becomes the first French project to receive this honour.

An innovative programme launched in 2015 and supported by Inria, Class'Code contributes to the training of 300,000 teachers and instructors responsible for teaching computational thinking and code in France. State-supported by way of the French Investments for the Future Programme (PIA), the project also benefits from the support of the professional informatics and educational network associations brought together by the French Informatics Society (SIF). The start-ups Magic Makers and OpenClassrooms ensure the educational management and the production/distribution of the educational resources, and their deployment nationwide is carried out through the French association Les Petits Débrouillards.

With over 120 member institutions from 30 countries, the learned society Informatics Europe, for its part, promotes common positions and acts on shared priorities for research and education in informatics in Europe. Created in 2011, the Best Practices in Education Award makes it possible to honour a remarkable project in the field of informatics teaching in Europe.

Benjamin Ninnassi, an engineer at Inria and principal creator of the Class'Code platform, and Colin de la Higuera, president of the Class'Code steering committee and holder of the UNESCO Chair in Technologies for the training of teachers through free educational resources at the University of Nantes, were in Lisbon on 24 September 2017 to receive the award.

It is a source of great pride to receive this award and true international recognition for this project, one that symbolisesa need, that of training teachers and educators in the basics of informatics,an analysis, as today there are new tools and new methods to approach training in a different way anda hope- that this solution contributes to the success of the ambitious training plan in France and that these solutions can be disseminated towards other countries and subjects.

Colin de la Higuera

On 24 October 2017, Class'Code launched the new version of its platform, which now offers open and customisable access to its content, in addition to its more traditional training programme. Any activity carried out with children and adolescents around computational thinking can therefore rely on autonomous content gathered together in the same place: video aids, scientific notions, fun connected or unconnected activities. Everything is free and available to teachers and instructors with no restrictions. 

Five online MOOC modules are offered, combined with meetings between learners. Each module enables - in around 10 hours spread over three to four weeks - the organisation of the first discovery workshops with the young people: creative programming, information encoding, fun robotics and related societal issues.

Class'Code has already trained 35,000 people since its creation. 

Keywords: Scientific culture at school Class'Code Scientific culture Code Computational thinking Award Best Practices in Education Award