Microsoft WeSpeakCode Minecraft Event

My 2 boys are into Minecraft. I’ve seen plenty of homeschool activities for this game as well and I believe there is a learning benefit from playing this particular game.

I was excited to bring Jael to the Microsoft #WeSpeakCode Minecraft event because he loves the characters. Although, I knew he would be a bit young for the coding discussion it’s never too early to start introducing children to concepts.

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Microsoft is promoting the clear benefits of teaching coding in school as a core subject. Since our children are wholly exposed to the technology today it only seems fitting to provide them an educational way to learn the process of coding.

The #WeSpeakCode campaign derived from  survey poll conducted in 8 countries across the Asia Pacific which expressed the desire towards including coding and programming into the current curriculum. According to the survey over 97% of students in the Philippines want to learn more about coding.

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Clearly, there’s a beneficial reward to integrating this as a subject as today’s youth can be even more adept with the digital world we live in. This line of work is fast becoming one of the top careers.

With the start of Microsoft’s #WeSpeakCode campaign schools and educators will hopefully put ore attention to this and we’ll see it in our schools soon.

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Coding seems to be a bit of a challenge to learn but for the kids of today it’ll be easy as pie. Already Jael knows how to work the computer and functions of a website. Kids seem more attentive and quick to learn because of this.

Although, I am all for kids enjoying their youth by playing outside like the “olden” days we have to use this current state of thinking to our advantage and get our kids learning. That would be the better alternative than them just playing unsupervised video games and the like.

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At the #WeSpeakCode event kids were taught how to play a Minecraft based game which included constructing of bases or fortresses.

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Children who attended were even given certificates for joining and got top take home a prize.

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Jael was so happy with the event especially since he got to take home an action figure, Steve from Minecraft.

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We were also taught how to build an app using the free Windows App Studio. You can easily create your own app and in this discussion they showed us how to make an app for our blog. It only takes 4 steps to do this. You can customize your content and choose themes.

I have yet to make an app for my blog but it’s definitely on my to do list.

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Learn more about Microsoft WeSpeakCode here.

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