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Look back on the Deep Dive MOOC – Module 3 : Visual Programming Languages, Scratch & Co.

Back in October, over 4200 teachers enrolled in
Code Week’s Deep Dive MOOC. This free online course offered teachers the
opportunity to get familiarized with coding and coding related principles and
gain the knowledge and confidence to organize fun, interactive and educational
coding activities with their students. The course was organized into 5 modules,
with each focusing on a particular aspect of coding, such as computational
thinking, unplugged activities, and the endless possibilities of robotics,
tinkering and making, visual programming languages, app creation and so much
more. It allowed teachers to discover how easy and fun it can be to bring
coding to their classroom, as coding is for everyone and can be incorporated
into any subject or curriculum. Most importantly, teachers were given the
knowledge, resources, and encouragement needed to get them coding with their
students.

Module 3 : Visual
Programming Languages, Scratch & Co.

Next, it was time for the
participants to really delve into the world of coding through an introduction
into visual programming languages like Scratch. Here in Module 3, they learned a
bit about the history of visual programming, along with its advantages and
disadvantages. Then it came time to show teachers the programming tools they
can use in their classrooms and the various easy and fun activities they can
try with their students, like creating an educational game. The participants
had the opportunity to participate in the live event, with Code Week ambassador
from Germany, Matthias Loewe, who provided help and expertise on “How to create
your own game in one hour”. Most importantly, teachers were encouraged to
explore and try out the lesson plans found on the Code Week website with their
students and share their ideas and experiences with each other.

Keep reading to see some outstanding
examples of activities done by some of our participants.

AEPAS using scratch! Personal
identification by Ana, Portugal

We see many teachers taking their first steps
in coding by starting with simple unplugged activities first, such as pixel art,
and then moving on to experimenting with Scratch in the classroom. Ana came up
with an innovative way to teach her students
English
, such as
introducing yourself or sharing details, by programming short dialogues with
Scratch. In this way, she managed to bring together coding and language
learning through a fun activity. What she learned from her
experience is to not get discouraged if you need to practice a couple of hours before
your lesson, it will be worth it when you see each of your students active and
enthusiastic!

Looking for colour by Jelena Mandic, North Macedonia

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Jelena posted her unplugged activity for
pre-primary or early primary school students on the Code Week Teachers’
Facebook group. With the guidance of pre-coded schemes, students had to move
along a grid to find their colour. Simple and fun, even for the youngest!

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Francisco Javier Masero Suarez, Spain

Francisco might just win our imaginary medal: he teaches
karate lessons to his pupils using Scratch. In his class, students design a set
of movements called ‘kata’ using Scratch. Throughout this process, students
internalise the flow of movements and can then easily perform them in the gym
later on. Keep inspiring Francisco!

You can
watch other examples of activities here.

After taking this
course, 97% teachers agreed the course made them more confident to implement
coding activities in the classroom, and they have gained practical ideas on how
they can improve their professional expertise. If you want to do the same, you
are still on time! Even though the course is no longer moderated, you can still
access
all the different modules of the course
, watch the
live events recordings
and improve your teaching practice by having
a look at the different ideas and advices thousands of teachers have shared
throughout the course. If
you have any question about the course, you can contact Naír Carrera, the
course coordinator, here.

Do you want
to see more innovative activities and get plenty of ideas for your classroom?
Join our Facebook group, where teachers share ideas and material
every day, and follow us on Instagram,
Facebook and Twitter!

Be sure to check out our website https://codeweek.eu/training to get access to free training material and
lesson plans that you can already use to register your activity in the map and participate in Code Week 2020!

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