Learning how to code at school: a case study of a Canadian elementary School
Friday, June 23 11:50 AM-12:10 PM Location: Banneker
Abstract: Coding classes are on the rise. In some countries, coding is now a core academic competency, and new ways to learn coding are emerging. First popularized in the 1980s by Seymour Papert’s Logo programming language, coding is learned at school today with apps like Scratch and ScratchJr. This presentation describes the results of a study of elementary students in Quebec who used these two apps in class. The findings show that, besides learning coding skills, students used the apps collaboratively, had fun with them, and were highly motivated to complete tasks. We will discuss the many benefits identified in the study as well as the challenges for classroom use.