We are thrilled to host our co-founder and chief scientist, Dr. Marina Bers on this EdWeb.net webinar, where she will discuss how teaching coding, computational thinking and robotics develops socio-emotional learning, cultivates character, and fosters a moral compass along with crucial technical knowledge and STEM skills.
Dr. Bers, a leading researcher on early childhood computer science, will describe how coding should be taught as a new literacy—a way for children to express themselves and engage with the world and others. She will share examples of children and educators engaged in creative coding activities using ScratchJr and KIBO robots, as well as:
– Research on using ScratchJr and KIBO coding programs incorporating SEL
– The use of storytelling to explore how computer science integrates the exploration of identity and human values
– The development of logical and computational thinking to solve technical and ethical problems
– The Palette of Virtues and its use when teaching coding and robotics
Through the language of programming, Dr. Bers will show how it is possible for diverse groups of young learners to find points of connection, put assumptions and stereotypes behind them, and work together toward a common goal.
Attendees will also have a chance to win Dr. Bers’ new book, Beyond Coding: How Children Learn Human Values Through Programming.