I had a great opportunity this summer to participate in Brussels in the first ever EU Code Week Pilot Summer school! 25 EU Code week Leading teachers from 16 different countries were welcomed on Tuesday the 9th of July by Commissioner Maryia Gabriel. Her goal is to get 50% of all schools in the EU area to participate in EU Code Week by 2020. That leads us straight to the Leading teachers’ goal of building a stronger network and spreading the idea that Code Week is for everybody.
On the second day of EU Code Week Pilot Summer school we worked on parallel workshops. It was hard to choose, because you only had time to participate in 2 of the 4. There was workshops on tinkering and making, robotics and makeblocks, micro:bit, visual programming and, game design. During the workshops we talked about developing technologic and information literacy and, competences like problem solving, creativity and collaboration.
My favorite workshop was working with Pocket Code. With Pocket Code you can create, play and share games and animations that you develop with your phone or tablet. It was super easy and fun!
In the afternoon we worked with Computer Science Fundamentals and the code.org curriculum in particular.
Day 3 of the EU Code Week Summer School focused on building a MOOC together. We started by listing advantages and finding solutions for existing challenges on the following topics:
- Visual programming
- Unplugged activities
- Coding with all subjects
On day 3 we also got to play a royal battle on CodyColor which was introduced to us by Leading teacher Stefania Altieri. The aim on the game is to keep your robot moving on the platform as long as possible. You have a 4 X 4 grid and you can choose where your robot “walks in to the grid” but after that the moves are pre-determined by the colors in the squares. It was a super fun game that I will definately play with my kids at school. As an unplugged first, so that they learn the directions and then the actual battle.
On Day 3 we also got to visit the House of European History museum. The museum aims to become the leading museum about transnational phenomena which have shaped our continent. The museum explores the historical memories, diverse experiences and common ground of the people of Europe and how these relate to present day. It was a very interesting and interactive guided tour via a tablet and I got to experience it in Finnish! The House of European History can be experienced in all 24 EU official languages.
On day 4 – our last day – we learned how to organize a hackathon but mainly focused on the future. We worked on our action plans for the coming EU Code Week. Many different ideas and many different ways on how to put these ideas into practice were shared. It is very important to share and to create a network. We recieved our diplomas for the good work we’d done during the week and said farewells to all new friends near and far, knowing that a new network is supporting us from now on.
Do you want to learn more? Watch the video and sign up for the MOOC!
EU Code Week Leading teacher in Finland
Classroom teacher, Jalavapuisto school, Espoo, Finland
PS. Brussels is known for it’s Manneken pis but did you know that it has inspired two other statues… The Jeanneke Pis and the Het Zinneke. Make sure to find all three if you ever visit the city 🙂