First of all here you have the recording of the last live event (Wednesday 26), about simulation of animal behaviour and plant growth.
The next (and last) live event is scheduled tomorrow, Friday 28 at 19:30 (the system does not allow me to schedule it later, on Friday…). It will be about exploration, wonder, aesthetic pleasure, mixing of logical reasoning and art.
I watched all the works you uploaded in the Material section of the eTwinning LearningLab, as well as those you posted in other channels. That’s fine! There are also very nice works. However, there are also some complaining the course is too difficult.
The contents you are being exposed is the same I’m using in a 9-weeks lab in the last year class of some 300 primary teacher students. Most of them struggle at the beginning, say during the first two-three weeks. Then, many of them start to be productive and often I’m overwhelmed by their creativity – see for instance Marta’s story in lesson 10. We will talk about it tomorrow in the live event.
This learning event barely lasts two weeks, just twelve days. It is obvious that you are still looking for your way. We cannot hope to learn something seriously in such a short time, we need time, especially in intellectually demanding practices, such as writing computer programs. To learn something significant we always need time.
We could have made things a lot easier. However, being aware that time is too short we preferred to offer the opportunity to broaden the coding scenario. Therefore, our aim was to let you know of possibilities that are usually not known. The free software LibreLogo is out there since years, but almost nobody knows anything about it. Moreover, almost nobody knows that with such a simple, even if very pedagogically sound system, you can begin to work with kids ending up realizing pretty complex experiments. And since among you there are teachers of all school levels, it seemed appropriate to offer all kinds of examples. Few reflect about the fact that to propose something free that can be used off-line is democratic, because it can be used in small budget contexts and poorly connected areas. Schools are located everywhere, not only in large towns and rich areas.
That’s why I’m thinking to creating a group, where you keep finding all the tools and methods we are proposing in this course, perhaps even increasing them in time, and where you can continue discussing and proposing your ideas. I believe that, with time, many of those that are struggling, will find their way.
This is the only way to experience the same sort of resurgence of my students, having the possibility to take all the time you need.
In a long run it would be worthwhile to create a common project to share significant experiences and to support the developers community of LibreLogo with ideas for adding new features. Why not an Erasmus project?
But in the short term I would be very grateful if you could express you opinion about this perspective. Therefore I’m asking you to answer to the following poll. However, in order to answer to the poll, please go and browse for a while the existing Coding at Schools eTwinning group, Thank you!