[ISTE 2015] Get Hands-On Experience Teaching Coding!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 -- Madison Michell

The annual International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference& Expo has been bringing together some of the best and brightest minds in new educational technologies for more than three decades now. From June 28 to July 1, join Edmentum at ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to exchange ideas and, in the true form of this year’s event: “Learn differently. Think creatively.”

Among the many opportunities for edtech trailblazers to explore, the EducationCity team will be hosting an interactive lecture on how to successfully implement computing in the U.S. classroom, based on best practices learned in the U.K.

Dispelling the Coding Myth – Transferrable Approaches Based on UK Evidence
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
4:00 – 5:00 PM
PCC 121C

International interest in the area of computing education has been growing rapidly, and its influence in shaping today’s world has been profound. The term “computing,” however, is used in a very broad sense, and to effectively bring it to the forefront of our educational practice, we must first define it. As explained in this paper from The Royal Society, computing is comprised of both computers and computer systems—how they work and how they are designed, constructed, and used—and the underlying science of information and computation. Considering this definition and this subject’s many applications, it is hard to imagine that computing will become less important in the future.

The subject of computing was first introduced into the U.K. English primary schools’ compulsory curriculum in September of 2014. In less than a year’s time, this subject has opened new doors for students and unleashed a vast opportunity for the U.S. to learn from the U.K.’s experiences.

In EducationCity’s hands-on session at ISTE, the many lessons learned in the U.K. will be showcased through a series of pragmatic steps suitable for introducing computing in the U.S. elementary classroom. This demonstration will dive deeper into three core areas—digital literacy, information technology, and computer science with an emphasis placed on coding. Participants will also have the opportunity to interact with EducationCity’s newest subject—Computing—for a contextual introduction to effective classroom practice. We hope to see you there for a closer look into how computing can be infused into your elementary classroom!

Interested in learning more about EducationCity and its newest subject—Computing? Stop by our website to view a sneak peek video and to schedule a demo today!

If you’ll be attending ISTE, be sure to visit Edmentum! We’ll be at Booth 2406, and we have plenty of innovative ideas and entertaining activities to share (plus a couple of iPad mini™ devices to give away!). 

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