EU Code Week Podcasts

EU Code Week Podcasts

Welcome to the EU Code Week Podcast Series. We bring coding, computational thinking, robotics and innovation closer to you, your community and your school. Join Eugenia Casariego and Arjana Blazic, from the Code Week Team, as they explore a range of topics, from media literacy to robotics, with the help of expert guests – to empower you to equip your students with the skills to confront the challenges and opportunities posed by a digital future.
You can listen to the podcasts here or on Spotify, Google podcasts or Apple podcasts.

Teaching computational thinking – interview with Miles Berry

Arjana and Eugenia explore computational thinking in this episode, and address key questions such as: how can it be brought into school curricula and what is its relevance, now and in the future? To be able to answer these questions, and others, they have invited Miles Berry, a professor at the University of Roehampton in England.

How Code Week started and why – interview with Alja Isaković and Janne Elvelid

Arjana and Eugenia are joined by two special guests – Janne Elvelid, the Head of Public Policy for Sweden & Finland at Meta and Alja Isaković, co-founder of They are both part of the group of Young Advisors who launched EU Code Week in 2013. They discuss how Code Week got started, their motivations for doing so, and share ideas for the future.

What is open-source programming and how use it in school?

Join Eugenia and Arjana as they learn the basics of open-source programming from Horst Jens, an Austrian programming teacher. He sheds light on the best practices for introducing open-source programming to your classroom.

How robotics can enhance education

In this episode, Eugenia and Maha have invited Isabel Blanco, a teacher from Spain, to join them on a podcast episode focusing on robotics, and how it can be taught. They explore teaching methods and best practices, but also the ways in which robotics can enhance the teaching of various different subjects.

The role of coding in music

Eugenia and Arjana are joined by Kyriakos Koursaris from Cyprus, who is Technology Director at the United Lisbon International School in Portugal. He offers valuable insight into the role of coding in music, and the various ways which they can be combined to create fascinating and enjoyable activities in the classroom to foster the simultaneous learning of music and digital skills. 

EU Code Week Train-the-Trainer sessions: how to plan them, and why?

In this episode, we shed light on EU Code Week’s local teacher training sessions. Eugenia is joined by Maria Tsapara, a teacher from Greece, and James Callus, Head of Department for Digital Literacy at the Ministry of Education in Malta. They are both leading teachers, which means they are responsible for developing their local communities of teachers to bring innovation to classrooms.

What is Codeweek ?

To learn more about Code Week, Maha and Eugenia are joined by Annika Ostergren Pofantis, from the European Commission, and Tommaso Dalla Vecchia, from the European Schoolnet. They are both instrumental to the current and past successes of Code Week, so are able to offer a unique insight into the role, and future, of EU Code Week.

How to break the code of fake news?

In this episode, Teá Horvatic and Marijana Smolcec, both teachers from Croatia, explain the basics of media literacy and why its importance is growing. Together with Eugenia and Arjana, they describe methods of teaching media literacy to students in ways that are engaging and exciting.

Connecting coding with poetry

This episode sees Arjana and Eugenia discuss digital poetry and Internet art with Jaka Železnikar, an author and artist from Slovenia. They learn about the connection between literature and digital technology and provide tips on how to teach this to your students in an engaging way.

Combining coding with the arts

In this episode, Eugenia and Arjana are joined by Artur Coelho, a Portuguese ICT teacher. They explore the ways through which coding can be used for artistic creation, like through robotics and 3D printing.

Uses of game design and gamification

In order to learn more about game design and gamification and their potential uses in the classroom, Arjana and Eugenia invite Ollie Bray, the Strategic Director of Education Scotland, to join them on the EU Code Week podcast series. They explore the uses of gamification in school, and why its use in education is more relevant than ever.

Introducing digital skills in the classroom

Arjana and Eugenia learn about digital skills in this episode, with guests Angela Jafarova and Elchin Jafarov from Latvia who are the founders of Datorium, a coding school in Riga. They answer questions such as: what are digital skills; how can you prepare your students for the future; and what will be the most important digital skill in the future?

Introducing EU Code Week: past, present, future

Our guest in this episode is Alessandro Bogliolo, a computer science professor at the University of Urbino and an ambassador for Code Week in Italy. He has been involved in Code Week from the start, and with Eugenia and Arjana, he discusses the importance of Code Week’s initiatives and their impact on education in Europe.