Project manager at Linnaeus University
Other project members
Marc Jansen, Ali Hamidi
Linnaeus University; Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences, Germany (coordinator); Open University and Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
The Erasmus+ program, EU Commission
Nov 2018–Oct 2021
Media technology (Department of Computer Science and Media Technology, Faculty of Technology)
More about the project
This project deals with the support and empowerment of teachers to integrate problem-solving strategies with the help of digital devices, within regular as well as project based teaching and learning. The project does not limit itself to a specific subject, but explicitly includes different subjects in order to accompany digitisation in schools and to bring problem-solving skills closer to all pupils with the help of digital tools. In this way, students who do not already deal with this topic through their choice of subjects are also taken into account.
The need for 21st century competences and the associated skills such as computational thinking is great. This requires a digital shift in our schooling to prepare tomorrow's workers for the new demands of the future. Therefore, the teaching and integration of 21st century skills in school must be urgently strengthened. To this end, it makes sense to start by promoting digital skills that are necessary in an evolving world.
The project partners approach this from the aspect of promoting problem-solving skills, with the help of digital devices (micro-controllers) such as Microbit, Calliope mini or Arduino. First, similarities and differences in the curricula and approaches of the participating countries are compared. Pilot projects will then be developed, implemented and evaluated within the countries. In a next step, the pilot projects will be disseminated and teachers will be enabled to develop their own projects which will include various teaching and learning scenarios.
The project is part of the research in the Computational Thinking and Coding Skills in Schools (CoCoS) research group and the Linnaeus Knowledge Environment Digital Transformations.