Algolittle Kick-off Meeting: coding and educational robotics for children
Kick-off Meeting of Algolittle Erasmusu plus project
An algorithm is a set of actions involving the understanding of objectives of further activities and undertaking a series of steps to solve practical and educational problems (Veronina, Sergeeva & Utyumova, 2016). Algorithm comprehension makes it possible to transfer the method of solving a problem to similar tasks since algorithmic thinking is a way of reaching a
solution by defining the steps clearly (Yıldız, Çiftçi & Karal, 2017). Algorithmic thinking is the base to understand and learn to code, but above all, this skill is necessary for every
moment of our lives since by using this skill we can create and follow simple sequences to perform a task. Hereby, the good acquisition of algorithmic thinking skills will provide future
generations to take the most appropriate steps to reach the desired goal.
As computational thinking, coding and educational robotics are entering European schools as tools for thought, teachers and curriculum developers offer to foster algorithmic thinking
skills starting from the preschool period (Strnad, 2018), in so providing children with these skills they will be able to interpret data more easily, and develop thinking strategies for
understanding and solving problems.
Therefore the main goal of the project practice is to prepare a course programme and teaching materials to teach preschool teaching undergraduates how to reflect the algorithmic
thinking skill in all areas of preschool education and integrate it into the teaching of music, art, mathematics, drama, science, behaviour development and language development, which
are addressed in early childhood.
Hereby, the project will also refer to the objectives below
– Closing skills gaps in ICT oriented teaching/learning activities for immediate impact on contemporary teaching skills of preschool teaching undergraduates
– Increasing the acquisition of knowledge and skills of preschool teaching undergraduates related to employing algorithmic thinking skills through play-based learning as an innovative
Organisation - Izmir Demokrasi Unversitesi, Scuola di Robotica partner
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