Workshop Objective and Scope
Programming is not just about writing code. It is also about creative problem solving, logical thinking and structured working methods. We understand programming as a technique, a medium for self-expression and an entry point for developing new ways of thinking.
In particular, we consider programming as part of a broader thought process called Computational Thinking (CT). CT involves, among other things, logical reasoning by which problems are identified and solved as well as artefacts, procedures and systems we encounter daily in our everyday life. The development of learners' computational thinking through programming is believed to entice learners to develop different thinking skills, to stimulate curiosity and the capacity to discover, create and innovate, as well as to understand what technology has to offer to us and society.
Educational systems in many countries are facing many challenges related to the issues described above. Central questions that are asked can be formulated as follows:
- How should teaching modules in technology be designed so they can scaffold teachers to plan, conduct and assess the role of programming activities in enhancing teaching of technology in middle school?
- What aspects of computational thinking should be considered in the design of teaching modules so teachers can gain new pedagogical insights and develop competence in teaching technology through programming activities?
Researchers and teachers
In order to gain insights and perspectives from international scholars and professionals on how to promote computational thinking development, we are organizing this workshop. This event brings together researchers and teachers from Finland, Sweden, Germany, Holland, Greece, Israel and Hong Kong working on topics related to Computational Thinking and Coding Skills in Schools. The aim of the workshop is to exchange experiences and gain new knowledge regarding how different countries are dealing with these challenging fields. Presentations and hands on discussions will be part of the workshop.
Note that this event is by invitation only. We expect 50-60 participants, including researchers and teachers, from seven countries.