ADC Talks: Future of Tech Education featuring NewTechKids, Amsterdam

On Thursday, August 27th at 7pm in the Amsterdam Apple Store, join Deborah Carter and Marja-Ilona Koski, co-founders of NewTechKids and Pilar Quezzaire, one of their advisors, as they discuss how to bring technology, computer science and programming education to primary school aged children.

NewTechKids is a startup that has developed pedagogy and curricula that shifts kids from simply using technology to thinking like technologists: understanding how technology works, why it works, and how to think in order to fix problems and invent new solutions.


Deborah Carter
Deborah Carter is Co-founder and Business Director at NewTechKids. With a son enrolled in Dutch primary school, she looked around for a place where he and other children could learn to think like technologists and become innovators and inventors. When she couldn’t find it, she decided to create it. Previously, Deborah was a member of the management team of PICNIC, the European creativity and innovation festival/professional network. Deborah gave a TED talk earlier this year: Watch out, Silicon Valley. We’re coming for you!

Marja-Ilona Koski
Marja-Ilona Koski is Co-Founder and Head of Curriculum Development at NewTechKids. Previously a Computer Science teacher in a Finnish primary school, she completed a Ph.D at TU Delft focused on technology education. She leads NewTechKids’ efforts to create new ways to teach primary school aged children technology, computer science and programming education and develop curricula which encourages thinking and problem-solving. See Marja-Ilona’s talk about her teaching methodology at a Sanoma Learning session earlier this year.

Pilar Quezzaire
Pilar Quezzaire is a NewTechKids’ advisor and a curriculum manager in the Online Learning Department at the International Baccalaureate (IB), an organization which authorizes and assesses schools offering international education programs. She is responsible for teaching and learning with technology in IB programmes. Pilar specializes in promoting interdisciplinary technology use across all subject areas.

Jennette Snape, ADC’s ambassador for The Netherlands will moderate the event. Jennette has recently started a new role as Head of Marketing and Communications Europe at Shinola.


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  • 2015-08-27 00:00:00
  • Apple Store, Amsterdam
  • Hirschgebouw, Leidseplein 25
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands