Fostering Global Competencies through Coding Activities

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    By Steve and Lisa Floyd

     

    Global Competencies and 21st century skills are a focus of educational initiatives around the world.  Here in Ontario, the foundation document for discussion, 21st Century Competencies, led to the development of the Framework for Global Competencies.

     

     

    "What’s new in the 21st century is the call for education systems to emphasize and develop these competencies in explicit and intentional ways through deliberate changes in curriculum design and pedagogical practice." (p. 3)

     

     

    This framework identifies the following six global competencies:

    • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
    • Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship
    • Self-Directed Learning
    • Collaboration
    • Communication
    • Citizenship

     

    Through our experience in both high school and elementary classrooms, we have seen that the integration of coding and computational thinking can provide a rich context in which students can explore and develop within these competencies.  Conversations with many educators indicate that they share this belief.

     

    Below you will find two of the six global competencies identified in the framework.

     

    Accompanying these competencies are examples of activities we’ve engaged in with students involving coding. We’ve also included explanations of how such activities may help students explore and develop within these competencies.

     

    It is our intention to follow-up this discussion with ideas related to the other four Global competencies. We’d love to hear about your ideas of how you see coding and computational thinking providing a context in which to develop these Global Competencies.

     

    The following tables were created based on the student descriptors listed from the Framework for Global Competencies document.

     

     

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    Stay tuned for coding context and classroom tasks and challenges for the other four competencies.