Daily Archives: July 1, 2015

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CodeKids PD at the Library

Our Senior Library played host recently to 36 teachers and teacher-librarians from all over Brisbane and the Gold Coast, who came along to learn new ideas for teaching coding and introducing makerspaces into their schools.

The CodeKids PD workshop was run by Reid Moule, a Year 5 teacher, and Victor Bradbury, an eLearning teacher, but the activities could be adapted for any age group. “CodeKids is a professional program created by registered teachers to teach computer science and computational thinking to children aged between eight and fourteen years.   It has clear links to the Australian Curriculum strands of Maths, Science and Technology.” (http://www.codekids.com.au) This is particularly relevant in light of the new ACARA Digital Technologies curriculum being introduced into schools in 2016.

After an initial introduction to coding and computational thinking, participants were given the opportunity to rotate around a number of different activities which they could use in their schools:

All participants really enjoyed the opportunity to play, make, explore and gather new ideas for their own schools, and I’m sure Ms Hunter will now have some extra ideas for our own Year 7 & 8 makerspace, The Lunchbox Club  (see also our Lunchbox Club blog).