Globeducate students were offered a varied and inspiring programme of activities, courses and challenges during the summer break. One of the most popular choices was the Cool Coding course designed and delivered by Agora International School Andorra´s Computer Science teacher David Ashaolu.
The course was a great success, attracting more than 1,700 users who all visited the website – these were students from across Globeducate schools all over the world. David Ashaolu, originally from London, teaches computing across the infant, primary and Bachillerato levels at the school in Andorra. He designed a course that put gaming skills and imagination into action by learning the fundamentals of coding, whilst the students create their own game designs.
David said, “Computing opens up new ways of thinking – and it is a powerful tool to help solve problems. It is helping to solve some of the world´s biggest issues such as climate change and health, improving and saving lives around the world. Nearly every job today needs some aspect of computing, which is why embedding industry-level technologies into the curriculum is vital in expanding students´ horizons. Using popular platforms such as Roblox Education and codeSpark Academy, we were able to deliver fun, educational platforms that motivated and guided students to get creative with problem-solving. The activities in our summer Cool Coding course encourage a collaborative approach. I see my role as a teacher to help children and young adults to become critical thinkers who are digitally literate in the rapidly changing world of technology.
“I am passionate about raising the profile of computing and came to my current role with a passion to shape the direction and development of the computer science curriculum in schools. My approach is for children to learn through an engaging playful use of emerging online educational platforms.”
Director of Education for Globeducate Oanh Crouch said: “The Cool Coding Course was one of the 14 fun and free Summer Projects which were offered for families to access as part of our Summer Programme. This course has been extremely successful in supporting engaging and challenging students with their coding and programming skills. Another fantastic example of how we provide authentic opportunities for students to connect within our global network, as they motivated and inspired each other with their shared design projects.”
Agora International School, Andorra, was founded in 1999 and quickly became one of the best schools in the Principality. In 2017 the boarding school for children aged 9 to 18 years old, joined Globeducate and this year announced its authorisation as an IB World School. Located in a beautiful area, surrounded by the Pyrenees mountains, classrooms are bright and comfortable and sport is a key part of life there. The school has a FIFA-approved indoor sports hall which is used for intensive football training, and a heated swimming pool, as well as preferential access to the Valnord ski resort. An education at Agora International School Andorra is multilingual, focused in achieving fluency in English and the official language of Catalan, as well as Spanish and French.
To attend the next Virtual Open Day for Infant and Primary phases at Ágora International School, Andorra, click here and reserve your place for the 3rd September at 16h.