Vizwik – visual data flow programming and its educational implications
Monday, June 22 3:05-3:25 PM Location: Salon Kafka
Abstract: The new movement towards digital literacy in the 21st Century requires that the educational system shifts from developing consumers of technology to creators of technology. Given that software is pervasive in every aspect of our digital lives the ability to create software, or ‘coding’, has become the focus of this new digital literacy movement. Large challenges for schools, teachers, and students exist evidenced by only one in ten students in North America being exposed to coding during their education. In this brief paper we present a preliminary report on the use of a new visual data flow programming language platform, Vizwik, and its early adoption in the province of New Brunswick Canada. We outline our observations regarding efficacy and its rapid adoption by teachers followed by a proposal for a more comprehensive study of its educational impact upon students in a transdisciplinary setting.