Computational thinking and visual programming: coding for grades 6-7 in BC’s new curriculum
The 2015 BC Education Plan discussed the important role technology would play in our students lives. Computational Thinking was one change made to BC’s New Curriculum to reflect the demands our students now face in a digital world. However, I believe, simply acknowledging the importance of computational thinking in the Education Plan and making it a curricular choice for educators to implement does not provide the majority of educators in BC the resources or background with which to effectively teach coding. Thus, the purpose of this project was to create a coding website resource to enable intermediate students and educators to help meet the strong curricular expectations of the BC Curriculum. To help do this, the Critical Challenge Question was posed, ‘How can intermediate students be engaged to deepen their learning through collaborative game design and coding?’ I believe the project website will provide a strong unit of study, however, each professional should always seek out additional skills and knowledge which they find additionally important. Therefore, professional development and personal learning is highly recommended for any teacher considering introducing coding to their students.