How to Successfully Engage Primary School Learners In Coding

How to Successfully Engage Primary School Learners In Coding

  • Cool+
  • Primary
  • Technology
  • Digital Technologies
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • ...

Course summary

This course will help you understand what coding actually is, how it applies to the real world and how to step into a primary classroom with the confidence to engage your learners and get them excited for their coding journey.

You will learn:

  • What coding is and why it is important.
  • An overview of how coding fits into the Australian Curriculum.
  • Some useful mindsets to prepare you for teaching coding.
  • How to teach students coding in a way that is both engaging and achievable.

Course time:

This course will take you 2 hours to complete. Enjoy it in one session or spread it out over a few weeks. You will have ongoing access via your personal dashboard.

Accreditation:

This course is mapped to the Professional Standards for Teachers. It is accredited for teacher professional development hours in the following states and territories:

Proficient Teacher – all states and territories except NSW:

  • 3.3 Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem-solving and critical and creative thinking.

This course is accredited by TQI for 2 hours professional development for teachers in the ACT for 2023.

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Course Content

Introduction

Introduction

01.
Introduction
02.
Set some learning goals
03.
Why do we need to actively engage students in learning how to code?
04.
What is coding?
05.
Some Coding Terms
Coding in the Australian Curriculum

Coding in the Australian Curriculum

06.
Coding in the Australian landscape
07.
An overview of digital literacies
08.
Soft skills learned through coding
09.
The role of digital citizenship
Preparing To Teach

Preparing To Teach

10.
Understanding bias
11.
Set up a growth mindset
12.
Links to current studies/interests
Getting Started

Getting Started

13.
Explore students' prior knowledge (guiding question prompts)
14.
Give examples to introduce key concepts (sequencing, if/then algorithm)
Going Online

Going Online

15.
Resources
Your Teaching

Your Teaching

16.
The next steps
17.
Cool lesson plans
Reflection

Reflection

18.
Suggestions for collaboration
19.
Taxonomy of learning
20.
Congratulations

Course instructors

After completing her Bachelor of Business, Anna Hayes made the change to classroom teaching in 2013. Her education background has included a range of leadership positions. Anna has also worked as the Education Director at Code Like a Girl. Anna is currently studying Cyber Security and is passionate about challenging gender stereotypes through early education.

Jarryd Bendall comes from a long line of teachers, which is why he initially avoided this calling. After a myriad of roles in law, medicine, used car sales, and as the mascot for the Western Bulldogs AFL team, Jarryd eventually taught primary school for a number of years, before combining his love for writing and education in an Education Specialist role with Cool. This role sees him as a bridge between knowledgeable industry experts and classroom teachers, bringing excellence into the classroom and challenging the average curriculum with innovative and effective ideas.
Jarryd will be on hand to answer any questions and help you navigate this course.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will this take to complete?

This course will take you 2 hours to complete. Enjoy it in one session or spread it out over a few weeks. You will have ongoing access via your personal dashboard.

How does it work?

You will get a Cool.org certificate when you finish, which you can access any time via your personal dashboard, it will also be sent to you by email.

Is this course accredited?

This course is mapped to the Professional Standards for Teachers. It is accredited for teacher professional development hours in the following states and territories:

Proficient Teacher – all states and territories except NSW:

  • 3.3 Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem-solving and critical and creative thinking.

This program has been approved for accreditation within the ACT for 2023. Please be advised you will be accredited within 14 days of completion.

What are the curriculum links?

General capabilities: Digital Literacy.

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