TACCLE3 IST COURSE 2021: How to teach Coding in School education

Due to the COVID-19 crisis we had to cancel the March 2020 edition of our course.

We want to organise the course again in 2021 but for the moment the covid-19 situation is too unclear to make arrangements for an exact date. As soon as it becomes possible we will start planning and this page will be updated.

This training course “Teaching computational thinking and coding in a personalised social way” focuses on introducing computational thinking and programming in primary schools and teaching children how to code. Beside the content this course is given in a personalised way, what refers to instruction in which the pace of learning and the instructional approach are optimized for the needs of each participant. Social learning means that the participants will learn in peer-to-peer or in larger groups that allows participants working in pairs or small groups to discuss concepts or find solutions to problems. This combination of content (computational thinking and coding) and method (personalised social learning) ensures that the learner can return to his or her practice with a wealth of experience.

The training course aims are
• to develop your own competences about computational thinking & coding;
• to learn how to teach computational thinking & coding to children from 3 till 14 years;
• to apply the principles of personalized social learning in your own practice.

There will be five training days during which we will learn together, in order to:
• describe the concepts of computational thinking;
• describe the key principles of coding;
• use appropriate terminology;
• build on activities teachers and children already do;
• develop your own classroom activities;
• measure progression, differentiate and personalise lessons and assess what children have learned;
• link the curriculum to the Taccle3 website;
• learn in a personalized social way.
In addition, there will be specific aims and objectives for each part.

Method: personalised social learning
What is it?
This training focuses on the theme of personalised social learning. But what does personalised social learning mean?
Hargreaves talks about: “Personalised social learning is the matching of didactics, pedagogy, curriculum and the learning environment, for students and by students, in order to meet their different learning needs and aspirations in pairs or small groups.”
Sometimes personalised learning is confused with individual learning but there are major differences between individual learning and personalised learning. Contrary to what is often claimed, personalised learning is not necessarily aimed at the individual learner. It is aimed at developing the participants as much as possible, and an approach is chosen that is in line with the participant.

The benefits of personalised social learning include:
• development of higher-level thinking, oral communication, self-management, and leadership skills;
• increase in participant retention, self-esteem, and responsibility;
• exposure to and an increase in understanding of diverse perspectives;
• preparation for real life situations in the classroom.

What does this mean for you as a participant in this training?
In this training we as trainer will use the possibilities of applying personalized social learning in the training beside the goal to teach you computational thinking and coding. We will give you as learner space, allow you to make choices and tailor the training to your personal learning needs and aspirations. Beside the content you will learn by doing the principles of personalized social learning and how to transfer them to other disciplines.

Target group
• You are:

  • a teacher for children from 3 till 14 years
  • or a trainer or advisor for teachers
  • or a headmaster

• You don’t have experience with computational thinking & coding but you are very interested in the topic.
• You want to explore the principles of personalized social learning.
• You understand English fluently.
• You have basic ICT – skills (working with a browser, save information, switch between windows)

The course will be conducted in cooperation with the Academy for In-service Teachers Training and Personnel Development Dillingen. Teachers from Germany and Bavaria are welcome to participate, too. Because they are not eligible for a KA1 grant for a course in their own country, they should apply directly at the academy. Address see below.

The course programme for March 2020 (this course can also be tailor made to your schools specific demands, please contact us for details)
A next TACCLE3 CODING course will probably be organised in Dillingen, Germany in March 2021.

Day 1 Monday 16 March 2020

Arrival day

We start late afternoon
Icebreaker activity
Week overview
Computational thinking as 21ste century skill
Basic terminology – Computational thinking
Unplugged Activities
How to introduce computational thinking in the classroom

Day 2 Tuesday 17 March 2020

Introduction to coding and coding languages
Free online coding tools & resources
ScratchJr- creating animations and games
Scratch – programming

Day 3: Wednesday 18 March 2020

Introduction to robotics
Robotics for young children: Bee-Bot, Dash and Dot, KUBO,…
Programming basics with Ozobot

Day 4: Thursday 19 March 2020

Micro:bit as classroom tool
Educational recoures and how to use them
Project examples

Day 5: Friday 20 March 2020

Make your own lesson
Week evaluations
closing activity

Day 6: Saturday 21 March 2020


Anne-Marie Tytgat, Pedagogical expert
Christel Thonnon, GO! PBD
Seppe Hermans, Technical advisor, science teacher, Scientix ambassador

Participation fee

950 Euro (full board en-suite accomodation in single rooms in the training institute from Monday nogt till thursday night is included + tuition and course materials). All meals and drinks are included. For covering the participation fee you can use Erasmus+ KA1 grant money if your school or institutions has received such funding (and if your not form Germany).

How to apply for KA1 grants for the 2020 course? You cannot apply as an individual, it is your school who needs to apply based on the professionalisation needs of its team. This means a KA1 proposal should start from the ICT professionalisation needs of the teaching team and should propose the TACCLE courses as a way to take care of these needs. You could also apply for other ict-related courses in the same KA 1 grant application for going to an international conference such as BETT for example.

1. Contact your National Agency for details about KA1 and for the grant application form. Applications have to come from your school / institution and can cover several people for different courses or conferences for up to 2 years.
2. Hand in your grant application before February 1st 2019
3. Let us know the result of your application in June or July 19 (jens.vermeersch@g-o.be)  or via telephone +32 2 790 95 98 Of course you can also register when you get your funding from other sources than Erasmus+

How to register once your institution has received KA1 grants? Of course you can also register when you get your funding from other sources than Erasmus+

1. Register by completing an on-line-form.
2. We will contact you in December 2019 with practical information.
3. An invoice  will be sent in January 2020
4. You will receive details about the programme, venue and preparations in February 20

Practical information:

Monday , 16 March 2020 — Friday, 21 March 2020

Location: Dillingen (Donau), Germany

Contact for non German participants: jens.vermeersch@g-o.be – telephone +32 2 790 95 98

Training venue (and application for German teachers):
Akademie für Lehrerfortbildung und Personalführung
Referat Medienpädagogik
Kardinal-von-Waldburg-Str. 6 – 7
89407 Dillingen a. d. Donau
E-Mail: C.Gmeiner@alp.dillingen.de
Phone: +49 9071 53248
Web: Akademie für Lehrerfortbildung und Personalführung (in German language only)

Impressions of the academy (video, 3 min)