In Dragutin Domjanic Basic School in Zagreb, as part of the global project Sat encryption, participated the Director of CARNet Zvonimir Stanić, who was involved in this project to emphasize the importance of technology in teaching for the future of children. The workshop was attended by 20 students 6. and 7. class who already attended computing classes, and Sat coding was interesting because they systematically learned the basic concepts of programming through Minecraft.
Clock coding or Hour of Code, maintained by 5. to 11. December in the whole world, and in Croatia it is run by the non-governmental organization Osijek Software City with the support of Microsoft. This year, in Croatia, more than 200 schools have already been involved in the project, which regularly run a series of workshops on a daily basis. The increase in the number of schools involved in comparison with the previous year is a significant indicator that there is a great interest of students and teachers for the skills that technology enables and that the modern educational curriculum must be based on it to create professional and competitive people ready for the labor market after school .
Zvonimir Stanić joined the Clock of Encoding to show that those who are not programmers can hold this clock and that programming, when placed in a visually appealing context, is not complicated. The kids had fun and quickly completed all 12 tasks in the Minecraft Designer application, and at last got the Certificate of Passing Encoding passed by Zvonimir Stanić himself and said: "There is a constant need for developers in the market, and Sat coding is an excellent opportunity to in a fun, creative and educational way, popularizes programming among young people. Since modern technology is ubiquitous in our everyday life and is growing every day, it is necessary for children to stimulate algorithmic thinking and prepare them for future affairs, and for projects like this we can certainly be interested in them. I hope that there will be more such initiatives in the future, all in order to invest in education and the future of our children. "
The workshop was held by Željko Tomić, programmer and software development consultant from the Programerko Association. He has been holding Scratch workshops for two years now that have the same goal as workshops during the Sata Coding, and that is to bring the basics of programming children to elementary school through a simplified interface. Kids have been programmed on a simple Minecraft Designer application that uses the world-renowned gaming environment, so they learned through the game and after doing the tasks they could see how it actually looks like the code they made by managing the characters in the game.
"When I was in their age, I did not even have a computer. Today they are questioned, "Who uses a smartphone?" All hands were in the air. In today's world, it is very difficult to predict what will be current for a decade. With these kind of programming workshops, we try to put children into a lazy ride with the technological envelopes that surround them all. All ages are represented by pre-school children who can barely spell, but with no difficulty agree their program orders, to young adolescents who, with their questions, are pushing and teaching serious thinking. The enthusiasm of solving the problems and the enthusiasm of these young people is inescapable to me as a source of motivation. Let's support them! "Said Željko Tomić.
In addition, through workshops like Sata Coding, children get a new perspective on them with an abstract concept like programming, they learn and skills they will need in the future such as problem solving, collaboration with others, and creativity.
"The enthusiasm of the students with the new way of learning programming is the reason why the Dragutina Domjanić Elementary School participates for the second consecutive year in the International Sat encoding event. Through the offered content, students of all ages find themselves entertained in an entertaining, interesting and creative way with computer work, computer skills, programming and algorithmic thinking. I would also like to emphasize educational content that can be used outside of the IT classroom. This way it can involve a greater number of students as well as teachers, regardless of the available technology, "said Carla Astrid Gajšak, a professor of information technology at the Zagreb Dragutin Domjanić Elementary School.
Schools can still sign up to participate in the Clock Encoding to 11. December through the Hour of Code page.