Lunch & Learn Workshop: Children, Coding, Mathematics & Beyond

You are invited to a Lunch & Learn Workshop

Children, Coding, Mathematics & Beyond

presented by

George Gadanidis
Faculty of Education

Monday, February 9th, 2015
12:30 – 2:00 pm
Faculty of Education
Community Room (1139)

There are many calls these days, from industry and from universities, for children of all ages to learn to code (as in computer programming). In fact, starting in the Fall of 2014, the new UK curriculum mandated learning to code for all students, starting from grade 1. What does coding for young children look like? How does it link to or support other subject areas? Where does in fit in teaching (in schools and in teacher education) and in research?

This lunch-and-learn session will offer:

  • examples of young children in grades 1-8 using coding to explore mathematics concepts
  • brief video interviews with grades 1-8 Ontario teachers who use coding in their teaching
  • opportunities to write your own computer program(s) using drag-and-drop code blocks
  • an introduction to the concept of computational thinking and its cross-curricular connections
  • a discussion of how coding may connect across curriculum areas in schools and in teacher education, and to research

Bring your laptop…a light lunch will be provided.

Sponsored by the Faculty of Education Research Office and Western’s Teaching Support Centre.

Please RSVP to Tina Beynen (tbeynen@uwo.ca) so we can order an appropriate amount of refreshments.

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