Coding at school with Free Software A. . Formiconi
In recent years, digital technologies have been promoted as necessary skills for all citizens. Educational stakeholders have been focusing mainly on concepts such as computational thinking, algorithmic thought, robotics. Coding is the activity underlying all these domains. Coding initiatives have been carried out by educational agencies of most governments.
The achievement of skills for employing coding practices in meaningful pedagogical ways is a complex goal. The extremely fast technology pace and the intrinsic slowness of further training of very large numbers of teachers make the task of adequately educating new generations a tough challenge.
This course is about the use of a pedagogical sound programming language and free software tools for the reinforcement and complement of other disciplines: primarily math but arts and grammar as well. Both theoretical insights and practical examples are provided about first programming experiences, math elaborations, simulation of animal behavior, growth and fractals, physics problem-solving. The course addresses a very large range of users, from primary school to higher education level. Nevertheless, the course emphasizes the common thread connecting different levels of discussion.
Prof. Andreas Formiconi
Associate Professor at the Statistics, Informatics and Applications of University of Florence. Now teaching to primary teacher students and adult education classes.
Delegato del Rettore of University of Florence for the development of online teaching technologies.
He did research in medical physics, nuclear medicine, mathematical theories of imaging tools, mathematics of inverse problems for medical images, calculation algorithms in medical images, software for digital signal processors, computers of various kinds, massively parallel computers (Cray T3E Cineca), methodology of teaching computer science and digital literacy, use of Web 2.0, methods of Social Networking Analysis for monitoring blog communities, low cost technologies and free software for teaching K1-12.
He directed or participated to several scientific national and European projects.