Bridge21 - Teacher Workshops 11th November 2017

Bridge21 - Teacher Workshops 11th November 2017

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TBSI - Trinity College Dublin

152 - 160 Pearse St

Dublin 2



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Note: There are a number of workshops running at the same time, you will only be able to attend one of the below workshops on this date.

The workshops will also be useful for educators and mentors who are engaged in informal education through Club-houses, CoderDojo, TechSpace and other similar youth programmes.

This workshop is hosted in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute alongside participants on Trinity College Dublin's Postgraduate Certificate in 21st Century Teaching and Learning.

Problem Solving in the 21st Century (Computational Thinking)

At the heart of all computer programming is the ability to “think like a computer”. This workshop looks at developing 21st century thinking skills such as problem solving, data visualisation, modelling real world problems and developing algorithms. Activities will be carried out which will show how these skills can be exercised and developed without the need to actually develop programs. There are no pre-requisites and attendance is strongly recommended for those who are keen to take the Scratch and Raspberry Pi workshops.

Information Literacy through Contextualised Inquiry

The main means by which students at post-primary and third level seek out information is via Internet searching. Many post-primary and third-level students consider themselves to have good ICT skills, but these skills do not naturally equate to good information literacy. This workshopwill encourage students to reflect upon and develop their own information literacy skills while engaging in genuine, contextualised inquiry. As such, the core principles of inquiry-based learning will also be outlined and demonstrated in practice. Grounded in the Bridge21 model, this course will require students to critically reflect on processes for finding and assessing information. In doing so they will learn about how they learn, and gain an understanding of how they think about knowledge. Emerging from this process, students will then be required to design and deliver their own inquiry-based scenario that promotes the development of information literacy rooted in their own discipline. The workshop will examine how an ‘information skills rich’ inquiry can be used in tandem with plenary and whole class discussion to create dynamic learning experiences.

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