An International “Creative Computing” Movement – How Italian and French teachers are breeding the next generation of programmers (Maria Beatrice Repaccini). Teaching Kids to Code – We Need Coding in Schools, but Where are the Teachers? (The hour is upon us). The Hour of Code, that is. Tens of thousands of students in the U.S. are taking a crack at looping, sequencing, and assembling lines of code. But while many educators get students immediately on a computer for the lesson, there are other approaches–like teaching concepts of “computing” without the machine. Across the Atlantic Ocean, these slightly different approaches to computing are brewing in classrooms and after-school programs. In Italy and France, two teachers in particular support the practice of “creative computing” and integration of Scratch in their classrooms to combat growing unemployment numbers and a European resistance to technology–a certain “technophobia.” In honor of Computer Science Week, educators Maria Beatrice Rapaccini and Claude Terosier give a peak inside the “creative programming” behind their programming instruction. See more here
So, for the next four days I am attending a workshop given by the I.B. about the changes to the Theory of Knowledge curriculum and how to best implement those changes in best practice teaching to my students. It is always hard to be away from my classroom during the school year. Whether through illness for myself, my children, etc. it is hard for me to break the stride of my teaching routine. Those who have been in my classroom probably would attest to the fact that I am a fairly structured person (some might even say ‘too’ structured). As a result, leaving my classroom for 3 days (actually 4 in total, but 3 away from the classroom) is hard for me. But, there is two benefits to compensate for the negative: first, is the learning I am acquiring to better inform my teaching practice in my TOK classroom, especially since I will again be teaching the grade 11 TOK course this year. And secondly, the only place this TOK workshop was going on this year was in Florida! Leaving Winnipeg the night before a large snowstorm and cold snap and
heading to Florida where it is +28 Celsius outside and sunny right now is certainly a benefit. As well, the conference is held in a resort hotel with amazing accommodations. For example, lunch today was an amazing Mexican food smorgasbord as seen here:
It was amazing. And to continue the torture of any of my student currently reading this post, here is a shot I took of a seagull I saw on my way to my “classroom” for today’s conference:
And, lastly, after lunch today, I had a little time before my afternoon session – so I went for a walk along the ocean beach and took this shot of some of the activities right beside my hotel:
Have fun kids, be good, get some work done, and be nice to the substitute!
Some more pics, including my classroom to make sure the kids know I’m actually not on vacation: