Look back on the Deep Dive MOOC – Module 5: Coding for All Subjects, App Development and CS Fundamentals
Publication date: March 5, 2020
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 5: Coding for All Subjects, App Development and CS Fundamentals
For the final module, participants got to see just how cross-curricular coding can be, with ideas of how-to bring coding into all lessons, from foreign languages to arts and even physical education. There was something for everyone! As always, an array of resources such as videos and ready to use lesson plans were introduced, and participants were encouraged to share ideas and resources and most importantly try them out in their classrooms. That was just the beginning! The participants went on to learn about app development and how to get their students designing their very first app. With all of the concepts, ideas and examples learned in the MOOC, it was time for participants to take part in the Code Week 4 all challenge, share and learn from one another, and even organize and carry out a hackathon and a remote lesson.
Coding and computational thinking activities can easily be integrated into the classroom, regardless of the subject you teach or your previous experience.
Keep reading to see some outstanding examples of activities done by some of our participants.
Getting Loopy by Jasna, Croatia
In this module, great discussions took place about integrating coding into different subjects, with the arts and foreign languages teachers especially enthusiastic about sharing their ideas. For example, Jasna, an English teacher from Croatia asked her students to write a simple code that represents dance movements. Students then turned these series of movements into loops and translated their codes into a real-life dance.
Football code by Natasa, North Macedonia
Another great unplugged activity came from Natasa, who used a grid to ger her students to code their way along with a football pitch and score a goal. What a great way to get your students moving as well as interested in coding through their favourite sport!
Escape room game by Eirini, Greece
A popular idea for making your coding class cross-curricular is creating an escape game for your students. Here you can include all types of different challenges that can relate to any subject. Eirini
gave coding puzzles to her students in this series of challenges integrated into an escape game.
After taking this course, 97% of 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 recordings of the live events and improve your teaching practice by having a look at the different ideas and advice thousands of teachers have shared throughout the course.
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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.