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A coding textbook for Irish secondary schools could be written in one day

The attempt is under way today at Facebook’s European HQ in Dublin as part of International Open Data Day.

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EFFORTS ARE UNDERWAY to write the first edition of a coding and programming textbook that could be used in Irish secondary schools – all in one day.

Several groups will be putting their heads together to write the book, which will then be released online to download for free.

It comes ahead of the introduction of coding as part of a major revamp of the Junior Certiciate cycle.

Part of the new Junior Cycle Student Award (JCSA) will include Programming and Coding, where students will learn how to write and test computer code.

This development was welcomed by one of the groups taking part today, Open Knowledge Foundation Ireland (OKF Ireland), and hopes that today’s textbook will be used in the course.

OKF Ireland say that they have developed a technique for ‘rapidly developing learning resources’ such as the coding textbook today.

Other groups involved include Open Data Science Group, Code for All Ireland, and Code for Dublin.

A number of teachers will be lending their expertises.

Today’s event is being hosted by Facebook at its European HQ in Dublin and is part of International Open Data Day.

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