To keep school relevant and motivating for students, learning goals should be connected to real life. In programming teaching we see too many “piggy trains” where one just happily follows instructions. Coding should be taught for real life, meaning that teaching should be connected to the students’ interests, projects, and phenomena.
We often run into the misconception that coding is first and foremost logical deduction and mathematical drudgery. Those same people probably think that composing music is just maths. Musical hobbies do develop mathematical skills, but music is so much more.
Phenomena connect subject areas, teachers and classes into new forms of collaboration. To ensure that groups of students can express themselves, the range of working methods should be sufficient. Coding is a form of creative expression that allows for the creation of interactive media. Coding should be one additional learning tool next to reading, writing, […]
To delve into this question, I will use ask 5 consecutive “why” questions to find the root cause. This is a popular technique in software companies as well.
Tarmo Toikkanen is a design researcher of learning as well as a seasoned teacher trainer in Finland, Europe and Asia. Why have you joined Code School Finland? The national curriculum in Finland in 2014 presented a unique way of addressing programming in primary education: a mandatory element of all teaching as part of transversal competences. […]
Since its roll-out began in 2016 coding is a mandatory, cross-curricular activity that starts from first year of school for every child in Finland. In the national curriculum for primary education coding is not a subject on its own, but rather it is viewed as a medium for getting things done, a tool for learning and […]
The Finnish Code School clubs and training are designed to respond to the needs of each individual participant. Our goal is to enable our students to execute tasks independently and by experimenting. This goal is best achieved through age-appropriate, motivating hands-on projects and exercises that support algorithmic thinking and the use of different devices and […]
Why and how should coding be part of our curriculum?What’s the best way to support our teachers for coding skills?How to assess learning and how to provide personal learning paths?How to teach coding on different grades?How to inspire student interest? KEYS TO SUCCESS Online materialDigital material is always up to date and available. You will […]