Humans of Code Week – Kamila Edin, IT pedagogue in Malmö

By Kamila Edin , IT pedagogue in Malmö 

What sparked your interest in coding / Code Week?

The concept of Code week is interesting to me because it is about programming, innovation, creativity and technical activities, which are my personal interests. I work as an IT-pedagogue at the school of Nydala in Sweden. Here, we work with these areas, which are a part of the Swedish curriculum for compulsory school. We are happy to share our programming activities, in which our students gladly participate. Programming is something that is perceived as difficult by many, but we want to show that it doesn’t have to be. Programming is a fun way to learn things and gaining a lot of important skills on the way.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to learn / teach coding?

When you teach programming, take advantage of the students’ curiosity in programming and let them be creative. Help the students believe in their own skills and try to encourage them all the way throughout the programming-assignment. It is important in order to create a feeling of safety and progress regarding programming.

Learning programming means learning to be patient and daring to explore, alone or together. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box and come up with new ideas!

What do you like most about Code Week?

I like the concept of inspiring others as well as being inspired by creative people regarding programming on an international level. It creates this feeling of togetherness in teaching the future generation important skills, which is very meaningful.

What are the top three reasons why everyone / kids should learn how to code?

For me, coding is about learning important abilities like solving problems, logical thinking and being creative. These abilities are needed in the future digital society. Also, coding is a way of learning by having fun, it motivates students to learn. Coding creates a feeling of achievement and accomplishment when creating students’ own projects.

What advice related to coding that you received inspired you most, and why?

The advice that I once received from someone who worked with programming is to dare to program and not to be afraid to make mistakes. We all learn from mistakes and they can actually be good in understanding how technology works and how to fix the mistakes.