Thank you to everyone who joined this webinar on 20 September 2023 and for the interesting discussions that the topic inspired. The recording is available above.
In this webinar, our global panel of educators will look at specific international approaches to computer coding in schools, sharing how they have made it happen, including the challenges and successes. We will consider:
- Positioning: how can coding be part of the curriculum or should it be an extra curricular or club activity?
- The value of coding: the impact on critical thinking, computational skills, creativity and wider curriculum performance
- Addressing inclusivity and other potential barriers: including gender, accessibility and adapting to urban and rural settings
- Scaling up: how to sustainably embed and go beyond small-scale local pilot clubs towards enabling access for all
We will compare experiences in various countries to encourage mutual learning and sharing, highlighting free online resources and examples. Our speakers will talk about outcomes from the British Council’s partnership with the Micro:bit Educational Foundation which has enabled extensive programme activity around the world including in the Western Balkans, Colombia, South Africa and India.
The webinar will focus on ‘Coding’ as opposed to broader uses of IT or computing in schools. Coding can be defined as ‘the process of transforming ideas, solutions, and instructions into the language that the computer can understand’.
This is a panel event, with speakers from around the world sharing their experiences, followed by questions and comment from the audience. The webinar is hosted by Adrian Fenton, Senior Consultant in the British Council Schools team.