Thinking skills (computational thinking, critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, originality, strategizing) are some of the most important skills that teachers are expected to develop in their students. Schools are nowadays playing an increasingly important role in promoting new technologies and helping students to collaborate and develop creativity during the learning process.
eTwinning is continuing to promote innovation, creativity and critical thinking by introducing the new Featured Group ‘Coding at Schools’ that will help teachers introduce coding concepts in the classrooms and develop the computational thinking. One of the most important aspects in learning using coding in the school activities is that students can face a new way to frame thinking by solving problems.
To launch the Featured Group, eTwinning organised an Online Seminar on 5 October 2017, right before Europe Code Week 2017, taking place from 7th until 22nd October. The webinar focused on the potential of coding as an instrument to develop and reinforce computational thinking skills as well as possible applications of coding at school. The online meeting was led by Alessandro Bogliolo, Professor of the University of Urbino as well as EU Code Week ambassador coordinator. Click here to access the recording of the webinar.
EU Code Week is a grass-roots movement that celebrates creating with code. The idea is to make programming more visible, to show young, adults and elderly how you bring ideas to life with code, to demystify these skills and bring motivated people together to learn. The initiative was launched in 2013 by the Young Advisors Expert Group for the Digital Agenda Europe. EU Code Week is run by volunteers. One, or several, Code Week Ambassadors coordinate the initiative in their countries, but everyone can organise their own code event and add it to the codeweek.eu map.