Teaching <the> Future (Predau Viitor) is the first computer science (CS) teaching accelerator in Romania, created and built by our Romanian partner – Asociatia Techsoup with the support of the Romanian American Foundation. Predau Viitor directly connects CS high-school teachers to the Romanian IT industry and helps them to create and experiment new methods of project and product development based CS teaching, and to build innovative education resources for CS teachers.
At the Electronic Arts Romania headquarters, the teachers discussed the need to cultivate creativity in the education of future IT specialists with Vlad Beu (Senior Development Director) and Andrei Lazarescu (Production Manager). They also discussed the need to instill teamwork, which leads to the creation of complex products such as FIFA, which was produced in Romania by Electronic Arts.
Working together with Vladimir Oane (Product Director) at Hootsuite we focused on product development and how the shift from service-based tech industry to an innovation-based one should be made. Computer science teachers should prepare students who want to pursue a career in IT for: collaboration, understanding needs, diagnosing problem and critical thinking.
The Wyliodrin team, coordinated by Alexandru Radovici and Ioana Culic, helped the CS teachers discover the theoretical foundations of the development of IoT ( Internet of Things). It also offered them the opportunity to play with Raspberry PI-based development kits that challenge students to think across disciplines while using mathematics, physics and computer science.
Within the boot camp a discussion panel was also organized on the quality of computer science education in Romania, with guests and speakers such as Nusa Dumitriu-Lupan (General Computer Science Inspector from the Ministry of National Education), Serban Iosifescu (President at the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Pre-University Education), Suzana Dobre (Director of Educational Programs at the Romanian American Foundation) and Razvan Bologa (Ph.D. University Lecturer at the Department of Economic Informatics and Cybernetics at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies).
The second Teaching <the> Future (Predau Viitor) boot camp also marks the end of the pilot of the programme, which will come back at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year with its first full edition. The program will address both high school and middle school computer science teachers in anticipation of the insertion of Computer Science and Information and Communication Technology (TIC) into this school year in the new Romanian gymnasium programme.
Predau Viitor will help high-school CS teachers to establish multidisciplinary and project-based outlines in math and science track schools. It will also bring the IT industry closer to the teaching community and help the industry become more involved and committed to enhancing the quality of the didactic process. Bearing in mind our long-term commitment to increase the quality of computer science education in Romania, the pilot programme of the 2016-2017 school year took place in 12 national computer science colleges and theoretical high schools in 8 cities – covering some of the best computer science education centres from Romania.