Coding To Develop Global Competencies at the iEARN Conference


Jim Carleton

Simcoe County District School Board

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Jim Carleton

Jim has been teaching for 25 years and became hooked on the power of global collaborative learning in 2003 after attending the iEARN International Conference and Youth Summit in Japan. Since that time Jim has had the pleasure of working with many students and teachers on a variety of different projects both as a classroom teacher and as a technology consultant. Until he became involved in real and meaningful projects he had no real interest in technology; however, it was as a result of being engaged in iEARN projects that he saw a purpose for the use of these ever growing and emerging tools. Jim is presently a teacher librarian in a school north of Toronto, a role he loves since it affords him the opportunity to collaborate with many others.

Mali Bickley


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Mali Bickley

Mali Bickley has recently retired. She has 35 years experience as a classroom teacher. Over the past 15 years, she has integrated ICT, literacy, and content area curriculum to have her students connect, communicate, and collaborate with several classes from around the world. As a classroom teacher, Mali is using global education projects to integrate reading and writing strategies into meaningful projects that connect students globally. Mali’s students have successfully collaborated within their classroom and with classrooms around the world to make a difference in the lives of others. Mali is the educational collaboration advisor at TakingITGlobal and designs and facilitates many international projects.  

Sunita Bhagwat

New India School

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Sunita Bhagwat

Sunita Bhagwat, Country Coordinator of iEARN-India has run the iEARN center of India since year 2000 since its inception. She has directed and coordinated international collaborative Projects and exchange programs for school teachers and students of Indian schools like CIVICS, BRIDGE, FLAP, Four Rivers One World, NSLI-Y funded by State Department of Education, Washington DC. She has promoted various projects in Indian schools for international collaboration and global understanding.

She is a Consulting Director at the New India School in Pune ( Under her leadership the school got recognized (Year 2014) as Microsoft Innovative School and Partners in Microsoft School Research Program. She has designed and implemented “Teacher Development programs” in schools and has carried out action research projects to assess the impact of these programs. She is a hard core teacher and passionate researcher having experience for more than 25 years in school education.

She is approved assessor for “Quality School Governance,” Quality Council of India; Consultant for Quality Management Systems; Successfully designed and implemented QMS for the last 8 years in various schools all over India; and is a recipient of several state and National scholarships. One of them is the University Grant Commission Junior research fellowship for Ph.D. (5 years). She has guided 34 teachers for action research projects.

Session Details

Type: Interactive Workshop

Location: Room 1106

Date: Thursday

Time: 3:30-4:50 PM

This session is associated with a UN SDG!

This session relates to the Don't Waste - Create iEARN Project!

Session Description

In this interactive workshop we will briefly examine how and why coding can be integrated into a 21st century curriculum. We will then spend most of the time allowing you to:

1) Access free coding resources and work through self paced activities to learn how to code
2) See how you can set up and monitor your class
3) Program small devices (microbits) that will allow you to control objects (speakers, lights, motors etc)
4) Look at programs that will allow your students to easily create apps, robots, games, etc.
5) Discuss how we can collaborate with one another

Coding resources and activities are from K-12; good for first time as well as experienced coders. Everyone will be successful!

What will educators learn and be able to do at the end of the session?

  • To experience how simple coding can be
  • To experience how coding fosters creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking/problem solving
  • To see how STEM projects and Global projects can be tied together

Additional Session Information

Coding is a fun and engaging activity that teaches us far more than just how to code. It need not be an isolated, lonely activity done in your parent's basement. Instead, coding can help to develop many of the so called 21st Century skills such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, citizenship and character. Of course, like all technology, it depends on how it is taught and how it is used.

We believe that any of the sustainable development goals could be addressed depending on what one chooses to create as a Global Collaborative STEM project. In particular, the following sub themes will be highlighted in this session:

  • Teaching and Learning Strategies
  • Technology for Collaboration and Exchange

We hope that participants walk away with the view that coding is a social activity that can cover wide areas of their curriculums while making our world better through forming global partnerships in order to develop global solutions for global problems.  We also believe that they will just flat out have fun!

Session Resources

Coding To Develop Global Competencies - Conference PowerPoint

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Adobe's Free Media Creation Tools

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Taking It Global Collaboration space.

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Scratch - coding site

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Project page for MicroBits

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Hour Of Code -

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Make Code Microbit - Site for coding MicroBits

Coding To Develop Global Competencies - Website #8 - Site containing numerous resources for coding K-12.

Coding For Developing Global Competencies - Website #9
The Foos - Coding for primary aged students

Coding To Develop Global Competencies - YouTube Video
Youtube Video for Hour of Code