This was a great opportunity to listen to speakers with ideas and tips on how to improve our teaching and our schools. I was in the" Teaching Kids to Code" conference, but did cross over to the Special Needs conference for an afternoon.
There were 2 days of full on learning and discussions which leave you feeling full and quite inspired. My mind has been racing and so many ideas come to light - now I need time to digest everything.
Here are a few notes from each session I went to, giving an overview of my days. They are just notes of the main points really for my reference. If you are interested in more information, see the links or ask me!
Demystifying Coding - Tim Bell
All digital systems are made with code.
Python and Scratch are also just programs.
You can get a Sprite fest! This is where students just get carried away with a large amount of Sprites on their page.
Coding, Programming, Computer Science are all about people,
Google developed a person finder which was launched for NZ quake - meeting human need.
Humans need to be able to pay for something with the correct amount - hence our use of barcodes We have a lot of confidence they are correct.
Doing the process away from computer first is best option. Then look at making programs in Scratch.