Till a few years back, ICT professionals were pushing for the delivery of coding lessons at primary level. This was started in couple of countries such as the UK. Others kept a pace back. Nowadays policy makers throughout Europe and beyond are pushing for the integration of early coding concepts into curricular subjects. The emergence of a movement pushing computational thinking concepts across the curriculum for primary years. Why? Because computational thinking is logical thought processes enabling efficiency in thought, removing complexity in complex solutions, evaluating solutions to remove errors or ambiguity. Thinking logically to solve a problem, providing an efficient solution which is understandable by others. This is a competence which citizens should possess.
Published by Keith Aquilina
Currently my professional role is that of Education Officer (Digital Literacy) within the Directorate for Digital Literacy & Transversal Skills, MEDE, Malta focusing on computational thinking, robotics and good practices in this area. After eight years teaching Computing and ICT within a state secondary school, I moved to the Department of eLearning as a support teacher in eLearning where my role focused on the organisation of national educational events of which the national eLearning awards and conference, Malta Robotics Olympiad and student competitions. In addition to the work within the Department of eLearning, as from 2011 I have taken the role of ICT coordinator within the Directorate for Lifelong Learning where for 5 years, I was involved in the development and organisation of ICT related courses within the directorate’s adult education centres and collaborating entities. In 2012, I completed my Masters studies in Online and Distance Education from the Open University. This blog started off as an online reflective diary for my studies in the Masters in Online and Distance Education with the Open Univeristy. As may be easily deduced, my main interest is in technology, learning and anything in between. Linkedin; mt.linkedin.com/in/keithaquilina/ View all posts by Keith Aquilina