Creating the Coding Generation in Primary Schools sets out the what, why and how of coding. Written by industry innovators and experts, it shows how you can bring the world of coding to your primary school practice.
It is packed with a range of inspirational ideas for the cross-curricular teaching of coding, from demystifying algebra in maths, to teaching music, to designing digital storytelling, as well as an insight into the global movement of free coding clubs for young people such as CoderDojo and Girls Learning Code.
Key topics explored include:
- what we mean by ‘coding’
- understanding and teaching computational thinking
- building pupils’ passion for and confidence with technologies
- artificial intelligence systems
- how gender impacts on coding
- STEM learning and Computer Science
- using Minecraft to improve pupil engagement
- fun projects using a Raspberry Pi.
Designed to be read from cover to cover or dipped into for ideas and advice, Creating the Coding Generation in Primary Schools offers all teachers a deeper knowledge and understanding of coding that will help them support and inspire the coding generation. It is cool to code!
Table of Contents
SECTION ONE: Teaching coding
1. What is coding?
Tim Bell, Caitlin Duncan and Austen Rainer
2. Teaching Computational Thinking
Caroline Walker and Alan Gleaves
3. Ten Considerations for Teaching Coding to Children
Gary S. Stager and Sylvia Martinez
4. Coding cleverness: a beginner’s guide to artificial intelligence
Peter W. McOwan and Paul Curzon
5. Bits and Bytes in Blue, Programming in Pink: Gender Bias or reality?
Kimberely Fletcher Nettleton and Michael W. Kessinger
SECTION TWO The subject of coding
6. DIY Zones for Scratch Design in Class & Club
7. A journey from order to disorder: Coding snippets in mathematics
8. Computer Science: Silent C in STEM
9. Sonic Pi - Live Coding in Education. Engaging a New Generation of Coders
10. Minecraft as a Framework for Engagement
11. SOLE Coding: Towards a Practitioner-Led Development Framework for the Teaching of Computational Thinking
Anne Preston, Chris Carr, Shaimaa Lazem, Bradley Pursglove, Ahmed Kharrufa, Patrick Olivier and Sugata Mitra
SECTION THREE Coding and the wider curriculum
12. Possible - The Raspberry Pi - A World of opportunities
Simon Marsden and David Hill
13. Kids, Coding, and Computational Tinkering
David Miller and Mark Horneff
14. Collaborative Coder Poets
Steve Humble MBE is Researcher and Teaching Fellow for Primary and Secondary PGCE Maths at Newcastle University, UK, with extensive experience working as an educational advisor to both government and schools.