A JOURNEY IN CODE, BLOCK CODE TO LINE CODE AND BEYOND.


About

Our goal as modern educators is to empower our students to become creators of technology, not just consumers. In this masterclass we deep dive into coding education and how project-based learning in a free-code environment achieves incredible engagement outcomes with students.
We will develop an understanding of the coding skills continuum, the student journey and how it relates to curriculum and discuss methodology for transitioning students from block-based languages to typed languages.
 

Who Should Attend?

  • Teachers
  • Specialist Teachers (Technology)
  • Curriculum Coordinators
  • STEAM integrators
  • School Leaders
     

Why Attend?

  • Accelerate your personal coding journey
  • Learn to transition students to line code
  • Understand the coding fundamentals required to facilitate coding lessons
  • Be one of the few educators able to facilitate non-linear free code projects
  • Understand terminology used within coding-based curriculums.

Attendance at EduTECH counts towards PD/professional learning activities which you can record with your relevant state teacher registration board.
 

What to Bring?

Please BYO device and a positive attitude to learn and grow. Wireless Internet is provided.
 

Agenda

9:00 | Arrival

9:30 | Commencement and Group Introduction

9:45 | Session 1: Creating our first Visual Code Project

No hesitation, we dive right into our first coding project for the day, fast tracking an introductory coding program designed for stage 2 & 3.
  • Unplugged algorithms activities
  • Using 2D design for maximising engagement
  • Using block coding interfaces
  • Transitioning from tutorial to free code

Learning Outcomes: Exposure to visual programming, understanding the journey and the difference between learning free form code and exercise-based coding learning.
 

11:00 | Morning Tea & Networking 
 

11:40 | Session 2: Debriefing our first project, transitioning to typed code

Having launched our first game to the world, we now discuss some of the teaching techniques involved and when and how to consider transitioning to line code. We also share our select strategies for being an awesome coding teacher that we have learned as an organisation with over 60,000 hours of coding education time across our team (hint: it has nothing to do with being good at coding). We also will discuss the flow of the curriculum in Australia with respect to coding.


Learning Outcomes: You will understand the transition process between visual and typed code, coding education methodologies and the difference between General Purpose Programming and Typed Code.

12:10 | Session 3: Creating our First Typed Code Project

We now dive head first into our first project using typed code. We learn about common features of coding environments and deconstruct syntax applying the logical structures that we learned in Session 1.

  • Design in 3D and how it is different
  • Coding with typed code, and how it is different
  • Understanding functions
  • Understanding syntax
  • Understanding code libraries


Learning Outcomes: In this session we gain exposure to typed code and see that it is not as scary as we first thought.

1:00 | Lunch Break 
 

2:00 | Session 3: Creating our First Typed Code Project, continued

We continue the creation of our line code project, practicing common syntax and gaining familiarity with structuring logic using line code according to international conventions.


Learning Outcomes: In this session we gain more exposure to typed code, and see that it most definitely not as scary as we first thought.

15:15 | Debriefing and Q&A time (Recap, Assessment options)
 

4:00 | Conclusion
 

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