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Code Create Teach

Facilitator(s): Akhila Wolfe
Date:November 16, 2018
Time:9:00 am – 3:00 pm
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: Edmonton (ERLC Office at Elmwood School)
Room 17/18, 16325 - 83 Avenue
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Course code: 19-TI-134

Target Audience

Grades K-12 Teachers

Also Recommended For

Instructional/Learning Coaches

To make the most of this session, please bring a robust, fully charged device such as a Chromebook or laptop.

About this learning opportunity

This workshop will combine unplugged activities that develop computational thinking and fun hands-on coding activities that will introduce teachers to rudimentary concepts in programming. Very accessible to beginners, there will be plenty of opportunities to go farther for more advanced participants.

Computational Thinking: Introduction to the basic concepts and practices of computational thinking and includes unplugged activities that can be taught in the classroom. The goal  is to provide teachers with a basic framework that will support and encourage new perspectives on computing for creativity and problem solving.

Computer Programming: Integration of computational thinking with the basics of computer programming by using a visual programming language: Scratch or Scratch Jr. The goal is to help teachers understand and develop rudimentary concepts like sequencing, loops and variables through hands on activities that adapt well to the classroom. You will create your own interactive programs using Scratch or Scratch Jr.

Physical Computing: Introduction to the Micro:bit, a tiny programmable computer designed to make learning and teaching code easy and fun. The goal is to provide you with experience using a physical computing device to use to teach students to code, collaborate and communicate.

Discussion of ADST (Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies) competencies: You will explore ADST competencies such as ideating, prototyping and testing, and how they can be applied to the previous learning from the day.

This session addresses the TQS competency #3: Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge

This learning opportunity is being provided through funding from Alberta Education.

About the facilitator(s)

Kids Code Jeunesse (KCJ)s mission is to give as many Canadian children as possible the opportunity to learn computational thinking through code. KCJ is a Canadian leader in providing hands-on digital skills learning for educators. Since 2013, they have delivered workshops to over 4000 educators across Canada, in both English and French. KCJ brings code into classrooms by training teachers & providing in-classroom workshops, developing and offering free teaching materials, helping ministries and school boards implement code, computational thinking, and physical computing into curriculums, and encouraging teachers and librarians to start free Code Clubs in their schools. Last year, KCJ facilitated over 500 project-based workshops in Canadian classrooms, and supported over 25,000 children and their educators in learning how to code.

Akhila Wolfe is the Western Regional Manager at KCJ. Akhila brings over a decade of educational experience and a passion for empowering teachers to bring computational thinking into the classroom. Her journey from being a teacher to working as a software developer gives her keen insight to the needs of teachers and the community. She now manages KCJ's team in the Western region of Canada to expand the organization's reach into more communities and impact even more Canadian children, and their educators, with computational thinking and code.

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