Coding and Robotics in Early Childhood Education

The 21st century requires us to develop critical thinking, high level problem-solving skills and engagement with complex scientific concepts - both natural and virtual.  Research also suggests that children's creativity and imagination is enhanced when engaged with a range of traditional and multimodal play-spaces, for example using technologies such as robotic toys.

This course is designed to support early childhood educators in developing innovative thinkers by exploring practical ways that children can learn coding, robotics and technological design thinking.  Even if you feel 'technologically challenged' you will come away from this course feeling confident and competent to lead young children into the world of digital technologies that also connects with the real world.

Topics covered

  • Facing the digital challenge
  • Evidence-based research to support young children's creativity
  • Blending digital and natural worlds - a pedagogical framework for multimodal learning
  • Using inquiry to support children's digital competencies, real-life skills and higher-order thinking skills (HOTS)
  • Using play as a basis for inquiry in robotics and coding

Duration

One day of seven and a half hours

When and where

Wednesday 17 June 2020
9.00am – 5.00pm
Clayton campus

Cost

$300 (GST free)

Prerequisites

This program is designed for staff working in early childhood education who want to extend their understanding of technology-based pedagogical practices to promote children’s 21st century skills such as creativity and inquiry.

Assessment

There is no assessment associated with this course.

Recognition

This course is aligned with the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST): 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.6, 3.3, 3.4, 6.2 and 6.4

You will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Faculty of Education, Monash University.