YouthSpark Live is a forum held by Microsoft and its partnering organization to introduce young people to technology, thereby opening up their minds to future educational and employment opportunities in computer science.
YouthSpark Live presented 120 students and teachers from 28 countries with two days of learning and training that equipped them with skills to be applied in the classroom and at the workplace.
The students were introduced to coding through Kodu, a tool created by Microsoft Research that allows young people to create games. They also learned safe social media practices and career skills such as resume building and market research.
For teachers, a discussion was opened on incorporating technology into lessons and the importance of being up to date on technological advances.
In a world where basic technological skills are required for most careers, teachers being proficient in basic computer skills will benefit students greatly.
- The discussion topics included:
- Skills for 21st century Jobs
- Computer science for learning
- Entrepreneurship and small business
On an individual and group basis, participants absorbed a well-rounded experience to introduce relevant and necessary computer skills to students and teachers whose engagement with technology will go toward providing opportunities in education and employment.
Jean-Philippe Courtois (Keynote Address and Interactive Session)President, Microsoft International
“Microsoft in India has focused on enabling young Indians realize their full potential. We have been investing in over 50 million students – also reaching out to teachers and entrepreneurs.”