Programming at Pre-primary and Primary Levels: The Pipeline Can Start That Early
Ivan Kala, Comenius Univ. Bratislava, Slovakia
Abstract: In my keynote, I will summarize experiences accumulated in our group in developing software interfaces for young and very young children to sustain the development of their computational thinking and problem solving skills. Our deep engagement in this field results from two intertwined facts: first, we believe that computational thinking supported through educational programming is a valid contribution to the general primary and secondary education for all - not because we want to attract young people into university Computer Science programmes, but because it constitutes an important part of so-called skills for the 21st century learning. Second, in our department, we are for more than 20 years involved in designing national curricula for Informatics, and during all that time we are developing new pedagogies - and software interfaces, which would be developmentally appropriate and yet would mediate the potential of programming to education.
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Ivan Kala is a professor of Informatics Education. For more than 20 years, he concentrates on developing Informatics (Computing) curricula for preschool, primary and secondary stages, developing textbooks and other teaching/learning materials for Informatics and ICT in education. Ivan is also interested in strategies for developing digital literacy of future and in-service teachers and enhancing learning processes through digital technologies.