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FCL course: Programming for the 21st century classroom


20/10/2017

In a changing world dominated by applications, software products and computers, it is usually said that in the future, not knowing the language of computers will be as challenging as being illiterate or innumerate are today. Computational thinking teaches you how to tackle large problems by breaking them down into a sequence of smaller, more manageable problems. Students who learn it across the curriculum can begin to see a relationship between subjects, as well as between life inside and outside of the classroom.

The Future Classroom Lab course "Programming for the 21st century classroom" held on 9-13 October 2017 in Brussels, led the participants to develop their own ideas about introducing programming to students in an engaging way and helped defuse negative stereotypes around computer science.

The expert trainers Margo Tinawi, Rosanna Kurrer (App Inventor) and Cédric Mainil (Minecraft), along with the FCL team shared ideas with the participants on how to apply programming in their subjects and about the importance of programming in today's society and education. Participants learned ways to introduce programming in cross-curricular work while discovering different programming tools, like Kodu, Scratch, Twine, Tynker, Github Pages, Processing, Minecraft, Lego Mindstorms, Pocket Code, MIT App Inventor and computer science unplugged. They also explored ways to motivate and encourage students, and developed a programming lesson plan for their classrooms. Moreover, as a warm up for the main Coding Jam, teachers participated in a challenging and fun mini Coding Jam, during which they produced amazing educational projects.

Overall, Programming for the 21st century classroom, proved to be a very successful course that brought 33 people from 11 countries together in Brussels for a full week dedicated to coding and enjoying learning. Find more here.

Interested to join a course in the Future Classroom Lab? See the course offers here! The full training programme for 2018 will be published soon.