Coding Begins Without Code

TechnologyMathematics and NumeracyCurriculum and Pedagogy
1 Hour Session
2:15 PM, Thursday 13 Feb 2020 (1 hour)
Division 1 - Grades 1-3Division 2 - Grades 4-6
Location : St. Mary's High School - N206

There has been much buzz around "teaching kids how to code" in the past few years. However, teachers may be reluctant to engage in this work due to assumptions that expensive equipment or an extensive background in computer science is needed. Coding is based upon the skills associated with computational thinking. These are the habits of mind employed when successfully addressing any challenge and/or problem: whether technology is present, or not. This session will explore how grade 4 students at Monterey Park School were introduced to coding and computational thinking through scaffolded tasks, starting with unplugged activities and finishing with the development of code to navigate a robot through a maze. Attendees will leave with a structure for scaffolding computational thinking activities and associated resources.
University of Calgary
PhD Candidate
Learning Technologies Leader

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