MOOC for teachers: why to bring coding to school?

Teemu Leinonen, Jan 05, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Teemu Leinonen writes about the Code Alphabet MOOC, designed to help teachers bring coding to their classes in Finland. "Why are we doing this?" he asks. "What is the point of teaching all teachers to code? Why they should introduce coding for their students? Do we think that everyone should know how to code?" No, not everyone, he agrees. But everyone should understand computational thinking, that is, how to "understand automatization and how to use it in problem solving." The purpose isn't simply to get jobs in computer programming. Rather, it's "to see coding as new type of literacy and personal expression." And there are "more fundamental reasons... related to power, social justice, equality and do I dare to say (?) . . . our attempt to build a better world." Related: Finland's e-learning strategy for the future.

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