Learning by playing at the EU Code Week Pilot Summer School

by Stefania Altieri (EU Code Week Leading Teacher in Italy)

 

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Future Classroom Lab by European Schoolnet is a magical place to learn and improve your ICT skills. It’s a flexible and dynamic background suitable to experience and share new ways of teaching. It is where our dreams became true!

 

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25 selected Leading teachers from 16 different countries participating in the EU Coke Week pilot summer school and… I was one of them!

After Commissioner Maryia Gabriel’s encouraging and inspiring speech, we started building our team by playing Bingo. Knowing each other was the first step to be able to build a strong community and create an involving network in Europe. Learning by playing… it’s just what coding is!

 

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Four busy days in Brussels to explore tinkering and making, robotics and Make Block, Micro Bit, visual programming and game design. A rich treasure to bring back and maximize the impact in our schools and beyond.

We went through various workshops to reflect and find solutions to everyday challenges. We also worked on the creation of action plans and hackathons to make Codeweek 2019 a success. The focus was on the importance of equality and equity to give the right opportunities to every student and use coding to solve problems and develop computational thinking,
collaboration and creativity.

 

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My task was to introduce a remote lesson, a way to involve teachers and students in common interactions. CodyColor Royal battle was the best game to challenge each other and have fun!

I went back home with new ideas for projects, new practices to propose, successful alliances and friendships, we are more than ready to be open-minded and bring innovation to our students.

 

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We are not alone; we are now part of great teamwork!