We are looking at a society increasingly dependent on machines, yet decreasingly capable of making or even using them effectively,” said Douglas Rushkoff.
At NIS, we are well aware that technology is on the rise, and as it rises, so does man’s need to dominate it. As a direct result, NIS has chosen to implement Coding courses for its American School students, at the Elementary level.
In the hour of code we got to make parents see that coding is very relevant to math and science and how it helps in developing skills for every student,” said Mr. Ramy Saad, mathematics teacher and organizer of the Hour of Coding event.
Mr. Ramy believed that through out the Hour of Coding event, the school was able to convince parents of just how important it is to learn coding, until they changed their perspectives completely.
According to Mr. Ramy’s past research, only 20% of students, worldwide, study coding. Statistics showed that 9 out of 10 parents [in the United States] wanted their children to learn coding, but only 1 out of 4 schools actually teach it. But wait, there’s more! Mr. Ramy stated in accordance with his research that in 2016, there were 500,000 job openings for computer science related jobs and only 43,000 graduates available.
It was interesting to see students become outstanding in this class and find their passion,” said Dr. Heather Browne, Principal of the Middle and High School stages at NIS-American (Sherouk Campus).
Browne thinks it is incredibly crucial for students in this generation to know how to code because she believes that this concept of coding will later become a universal expectation. Dr. Browne stated that schools that aren’t teaching coding need to recognize that this is part of the future language, and that students need to be able to translate that language.
Coding takes our future to another dimension,” said Aly Mohamed, Grade 8A.
Mohamed explained that during the Hour of Code Event, each student had to guide their parents through all the 10 steps of coding (including some very complicated procedures). Mohamed believes that coding could help people from all around the globe, not only in the advancement in technology but financially, politically, and culturally as well.
NIS aims to share the knowledge that with the evolution of technology comes an increased demand to tame it. We strive to educate students with everything they need to know in order to make the important decisions in life that are right for them.