From the Editor's Desk
Robot bees on the ground, programming competitions to solve problems, algorithm debates, class-scale simulation of Perseverance on Mars, designing a solar lamp... More and more schools are integrating computer programming into their learning activities.
This is not so surprising, because in today's ultra-connected world, learning the basics of computer programming is becoming increasingly necessary. Understanding how machines work to better understand the world is a new competency. Introduced in many countries, programming allows students to develop their digital skills, particularly in terms of computational thinking. Furthermore, it contributes to the development of many other human skills like problem solving, collaboration, content production, innovation, and creativity.
Beyond the novelty and the source of motivation that computer programming offers to students, how do you successfully introduce it to them? As a teacher, how do you confidently embrace this new world? A research project conducted by the Centre de recherche et d'intervention sur la réussite scolaire (CRIRES) in 2019 identified ways to better support teachers. Among them, being coached by experts during an initial programming activity with students was identified as a key element. The good news is that there are several initiatives of this kind, either directly in the school network or via organizations working in the field (such as École branchée!).
In this issue dedicated to the subject, our team offers you a wealth of practical information, resources, and inspiring ideas for getting started or going further. We offer it to you as a support tool. How far will you go?
"Just as you don't necessarily learn to write to become a writer, you don't learn to code to become a developer!"
Audrey Miller, Editor-in-Chief
Martine Rioux, Managing Editor
April 2022 - Volume 1, issue 3
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