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    Anne-Louise Robertson
    No point teaching coding....
    24 February
    Public discussion Created by Anne-Louise Robertson

    Interesting article but comments attached also make good reading... What are your thoughts?

    https://www.tes.com/news/no-point-teaching-coding-says-pisa-chief

    I think it's a matter of progress - as was the progressional development from the chiselled rock, to papyrus, to the feather quill to the computers we use today. 

    Yes to a focus on Computational Thinking and I like the diagram below (shared in Kia Takatū ā Matihiko pīkau (online course) in Computational Thinking: International perspective) which outlines the concepts and approaches needed for computational thinking. Having said that, I agree not all students will go on to be computer scientists (or programmers), but it doesn't hurt to think like one.

    I think there are also specific elements of programming that a computer does, and may well need in the future. ie: sorting data, comparing variables. While text-based programming languages differ slightly, they still have those elements/rules in common. That's not to say computers might function very differently to how we understand them to work today...

    I'm just starting my learning here too, so a good debate to have, thanks Anne smiley

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    - By Tessa Gray
      • Barend
        By Barend
        Feb 25

        "No point teaching coding" ... I understand why he says that ...

        However, I believe teaching students computational thinking is essential. It transcends learning areas.

        • Clive Francis
          By Clive Francis
          Feb 26

          "For example, I would be much more inclined to teach data science or computational thinking than to teach a very specific technique of today."

          - therein thankfully lies the difference between the English National Curriculum and our own!

          • Tessa Gray
            By Tessa Gray
            Feb 27

            I think it's a matter of progress - as was the progressional development from the chiselled rock, to papyrus, to the feather quill to the computers we use today. 

            Yes to a focus on Computational Thinking and I like the diagram below (shared in Kia Takatū ā Matihiko pīkau (online course) in Computational Thinking: International perspective) which outlines the concepts and approaches needed for computational thinking. Having said that, I agree not all students will go on to be computer scientists (or programmers), but it doesn't hurt to think like one.

            I think there are also specific elements of programming that a computer does, and may well need in the future. ie: sorting data, comparing variables. While text-based programming languages differ slightly, they still have those elements/rules in common. That's not to say computers might function very differently to how we understand them to work today...

            I'm just starting my learning here too, so a good debate to have, thanks Anne smiley

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