Teaching and Learning Computational Thinking in the Irish Classroom

Presented by: Colette Kirwan

This talk summarises four years of research into the teaching and learning of Computational Thinking in Irish secondary schools.

Together, four hundred and fifty students, eleven teachers (from six different schools ) and one researcher (me) worked to devise an instructional plan on how best to teach Computational Thinking. The results were surprising but gratifying.

This talk discusses the design of the resulting course and also the feedback from both teachers, students and content experts that contributed to the said course.

The course design focused on how to make this course practical, useful, engaging but with a low threshold for both teachers and students alike.

Presenter Biography:

Colette Kirwan is a final year PhD student at Dublin City University. She is attached to the School of STEM education, Innovation and Global Studies. Her supervisors are Dr. Enda Donlon and Dr. Eamon Costello. Her interest include programming, app development and online learning.