Digital Literacy Boot Camps in the North East
MyQuest ran a three-day boot camp in Kohima, Nagaland to train youth with critical digital literacy skills for the 21st century. The Microsoft-YouthSpark boot camps comprised sessions on digital literacy and introducing youth to programming concepts through Quest's customised Scratch programming toolkit as well as basic HTML programming to create websites for local businesses.
The primary objective of this initiative is to inculcate in young people the belief and confidence that technology is very much an extension of their core skills.
The boot camp commenced with a session on digital literacy, digital footprint, digital citizenship, and rights and responsibilities.
On the second day of the boot camp, we introduced young people to the concepts of programming using the Scratch platform and the YouthSpark-MyCode toolkit. In under 2 hours, the cohort created interesting games on Scratch which they shared with one another. We then introduced the basics of text-based programming, specifically in the context of creating websites and also discussed website creation, hosting, and sharing.
On the third and final day, we started with an introduction to HTML coding, and are in the process of creating a basic content management website using WordPress.
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