Workshop Objective and Scope
Following the success of our previous workshop in 2017, we continue this year by running the 2nd edition of this event.
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. One particular challenge we want to address this year is the one related to teachers' competencies and skills related to programming. Central questions that are asked can be formulated as follows:
- Which knowledge and skills should teachers gain in order to work and introduce different aspects of computational thinking in their everyday classroom activities?
- How should teaching modules 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?
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 teachers and researchers from Sweden, Germany, Greece and Israel working on topics related to Computational Thinking and Coding Skills in Schools.
The aim of the workshop is to exchange experiences and new practical knowledge regarding working with programming and coding in the classroom. The focus of the workshop this year will be on hands-on activities with special focus on programming in Python, building simulations and working with Microbits & other microcontrollers that can be used in the classroom. Two parallel hands-on sessions before lunch and two parallel sessions in the afternoon will take place, addressing different practical and theoretical aspects of working with programming in schools.
More details are given in the program below. We expect 35-45 participants, including teachers and researchers.