CODING AS A PLAYGROUND: COMPUTATIONAL THINKING
Up next were keynote speakers Professor Looi Chee-Kit, Head of Learning Sciences Lab at the National Institute of Education, and Dr Chen Wenli, Associate Professor with the Learning Sciences and Technology Academic Group.
40% of current jobs will become automated in the next 10 – 20 years. Hence one of the ways to equip our children to be future-ready is by teaching computational thinking.
Professor Looi and Dr Chen Wenli of National Institute of Education (NIE) giving their speech on Coding for Children.
What is it?
To structure thinking processes to logically approach a problem, therefore helping children solve problems in an organized way. One example of how to teach children is by using picture cards to show a set of instructions where the order of steps is important. Look at assembling a sandwich, what happens if you start spreading without the bread?
In the 21st Century, skills that will become increasingly important are the 5Cs –
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Creativity and innovation
- Computational thinking
“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow” – John Dewey
IGNITE TO SERVE
International motivation speaker Mr Christian Chua was invited to inspire our teachers to continue being the light for our little ones. Together with his mandarin co-speaker, Dr Nick Sim, the session was a lighthearted, enjoyable one that had teachers almost rolling on the floor in laughter.
Mr Christian Chua having motivational talk
Kinderland Teachers and Educarers scanning QR code to perform evaluation
- Have a good attitude
- Your attitude affects your workplace environment, and in turn determines character
- Magic of a smile: costless to share, priceless effect
- Fun and laughter really changes an environment for the better
- Be professional
- Be at your best whether you are in the mood or not
- How to assert yourself – say no but with a smile
- You are an important team member
- Everyone is a part of the equation
- Crestar Group is committed to giving you the opportunity to grow and upgrade yourself
Mr Chua pointed out that most of us still can remember the names of our teachers. Hence showing the long-lasting impact that teachers have on a child.
To end off, remember that YOU create your own working environment. If you tackle each day with a more positive attitude and a smile on your face, it becomes contagious!
Kinderland Teachers worked together to use recycled materials to make into something useful.