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
Module 4: Robotics,
Tinkering and Making
In Module 4, the robots took over,
as participants learned how robotics, tinkering, and making can be integrated
into the classroom to help students learn in an engaging and meaningful way.
Once again, teachers learned about the endless benefits of robotics, from
helping students develop skills such as teamwork and collaboration, to getting
them career ready. Participants shared their experiences with robotics, shared
ideas, and even found partners to collaborate with on their next robotics
project. The module finished on a practical note, with concrete examples of
tinkering and robotics activities, like step by step instructions to build a
mechanical hand or create a conductivity-based game. As always, plenty of
resources were provided, like lesson plans, videos and tips to “get coding”.
Keep reading to see some outstanding
examples of activities done by some of our participants.
Clean water hackathon by Iwona, Poland
In this activity, another inspiring teacher,
Iwona, organised a two-day workshop for her primary school students to address
issues of clean water and sanitation using coding. Hacking the Sustainable
Development Goals is not a new concept, and it is relevant for our students, as
these are the types of problems they will be facing as adults. Interacting and
discussing with experts in in the field brings the reality of the issue even
closer to the students, so Iwona also invited experts on the topic.
Next level Pixel-art by Xristina, Greece
Xristina took the popular
pixel-art activity to the next level, adapting it well to the topic of this
module, tinkering, and making. She asked her students to give each other
instructions on how to fill a set of cups in order to create a picture. Take a
look at these pictures of the activity to see how even the simplest
idea can be made exciting !
Milo the Science Rover by Anca, Romania
Using 10 Lego WeDo2.0 sets, Anca
challenged her students to build a science rover. The classroom suddenly turned
into a laboratory of scientists and engineers, as students felt like they were
working on a project for NASA. They even performed experiments to test the
stability of their devices. How amazing!
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
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?
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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!