Coding is FUN
This course will introduce teachers to the programming language SCRATCH from MIT. Scratch is a free download. It is a gentle introduction to coding and is appropriate for absolute beginners. Scratch and Scratch Junior are used to teach a range of subjects in the curriculum in an engaging way.
The contemporary popularity of computational and algorithmic thinking leads to curriculum development that embodies these concepts.
Learn to make students CREATORS of technology solutions and not just consumers.
The tools and pedagogical approaches presented in this course aids teachers to develop meaningful activities using real world project based approaches. Use it in many cross-curricular activities.
Targeted concepts are Project Based Learning, Design Thinking, Computational and Algorithmic thinking and Integrated Learning.
Participants need to bring a laptop with Scratch installed. Here is the link: https://scratch.mit.edu/scratch2download/
A mouse is also recommended.
Completing the Introduction to Coding using Scratch course will contribute 6 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 3.3.2, 3.4.2, 5.1.2, 5.3.2, 6.2.2, 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.