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E-Learning Lab Seminar: Caitlin Duncan, University of Canterbury, Computational Thinking: what are the big ideas?

 
Nicholas Ford
E-Learning Lab Seminar: Caitlin Duncan, University of Canterbury, Computational Thinking: what are the big ideas?
by Nick Ford - Saturday, 22 July 2017, 11:32 AM
 

E-Learning Lab Seminar: Caitlin Duncan.

When: 24 July 2017, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm 

Where: Wheki 302 on Dovedale campus 

Abstract: Over the past 5 years a paradigm shift in pre-tertiary education has occurred, as Computer Science, Computational Thinking, and programming are being introduced into schools for the first time, throughout many western countries. From 2018 the New Zealand curriculum will include Computational Thinking, starting in the very first year of primary school. This will involve Computer Science and programming education, which is an area the majority of teachers have no previous experience in. As part of the Computer Science Education Research group at UC, I have been researching how we can teach this new curriculum, the impact of teaching it on students and teachers, and why we want to introduce it in the first place. In this seminar I will discuss our research in this area, the study we are conducting this year, and why this crucial paradigm shift in education is happening.