BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 20 Apr '18

Google and WWF are using technology to teach students about the environment

Google and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are working together to provide students around the world the resources to learn more about the environment and coding basics this Earth Day (22 April).

Wild Classrooms

WWF recently launched a new educational resource, Wild Classroom, that connects educators and parents with the materials they need to help kids explore and understand the natural world around them.

Wild Classroom includes a growing library of conservation-focused toolkits that interweaves engaging species-specific content with other conservation issues, including habitat loss, climate change, poaching and the illegal wildlife trade.

‘Instilling a love for science and Nature in people beginning at a young age will help create a better future for our planet. This exciting partnership brings to life wildlife and wild places so kids can create their own stories of our natural world and be inspired to help.’

KATY FENN
Head of Wild Classroom at WWF

Create your own Google logo

Since 09 April, Google has also been offering a new activity within its online CS First program. The popular Create your own Google logo activity will be specially customised for Earth Day, featuring new avatars that follow a Species and Sustainability theme.

This activity will give teachers the opportunity to bring both a computer science and environmental lesson into their classrooms, as students will be able to customise their creations using the introductory coding language Scratch.

‘We’re so excited to bring this activity to students interested in exploring computer science. It’s so important for kids to learn about their environment, and technology can help kids learn about the world around them in new and different ways.’

MAGGIE JOHNSON
VP of education programmes at Google

CS First is a free programme that increases student access and exposure to Computer Science (CS) education through in-school and after-school programmes. The programme gives teachers, students and parents – with or without CS experience – the tools they need to grow and nurture a student’s interest in coding.

Research has found that students who have been encouraged by a teacher or parent are three times more likely to be interested in learning CS.