Welcome to TVO’s newly revised Coding in the Classroom Hub, formerly Coding and Computational Thinking in the Classroom.
Although we’ve seen momentum with coding in Ontario for many years, it is now officially part of the new 2020 Ontario Mathematics Curriculum.
With this site, our goal is to support educators as they adapt their practice to incorporate coding into their classroom. Although our focus will be on grades 1-8 mathematics, we also hope to provide ideas and examples to be used across all grades and subject areas.
Articles on this hub will include practical examples for teachers to incorporate into their teaching, tips and frameworks for coordinators who are supporting their colleagues with teaching coding and mathematics, and research about best practices. Whether you are new to coding or have years of experience integrating coding into your teaching practice, or if you are an administrator looking for ways to implement coding effectively in schools, we hope that there will be something here for you!
On this main page, we have included articles that are geared towards all educators, from grades 1-8, who are looking for support, frameworks, and ideas related to coding in the classroom. There are also additional pages that are focused on coding in primary (grades 1-3), junior (grades 4-6), and intermediate (grades 7-8) education, which you can access using the buttons on the right of this page.
While coding may be newly situated within the 2020 Mathematics Curriculum, we would be remiss if we did not recognize that educators have been coding in Ontario schools for decades. Many of the ideas, coding software and applications we see today have been inspired by Seymour Papert, who believed that “computers can be carriers of powerful ideas and of the seeds of cultural change” (p. 4). Papert’s legacy continues to influence how coding is used to enhance understanding of mathematics.
We welcome Ontario Educators to share their coding ideas, practices and experiences. Please get in touch with us if you have an idea, application, or article to share.
Thank you for visiting our hub. We look forward to sharing, supporting and inspiring ideas for Coding in the Classroom.
Please check out Lisa Anne Floyd's webinar hosted by TVO on September 24th, 2020 for an introduction to coding ideas in mathematics for grades 1-8 below.
Papert, S. (1980). Mindstorms: Children, computers and powerful ideas. In Basic Books (Vol. 1).
Queen’s Printer for Ontario. (2020). The Ontario curriculum, grades 1-8: Mathematics. Retrieved September 22, 2020, from Ontario Ministry of Education website: https://www.dcp.edu.gov.on.ca/en/curriculum/elementary-mathematics