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Intro to Systems Thinking and Technology Systems

Helping primary school students ages four to 12 understand the technology systems around them

Summary: During this course, primary school teachers will learn how to introduce systems thinking in the context of technology devices to students ages four to 12. Systems thinking provides students with a basic understanding of how all technology works, makes them more aware of technology systems in their lives, and helps them make conscious decisions about technology.

The course provides teachers with computer science theory, four lesson activities, and class slides for each lesson. None of the lesson activities require learning with computers or technology tools. Lessons are based on pen and paper exercises, games, arts and craft activities, and DIY sessions.

Please note: you will need to source old laptops for one of the lesson activities.

Topics Covered and Teaching Deadlines:

  • What are technology systems and how do they work? (October 8 - 22, 2018)
  • Computers as technology systems (October 22 - November 5, 2018)
  • How are technology systems designed? (November 5 - 19, 2018)
  • How do technology systems process information? (November 19 - December 3, 2018)

Rules: Only teachers from legally-registered primary schools around the world are eligible to participate in this course. All non-teachers, including after-school program instructors, are ineligible to participate in this course.

All teachers are required to provide school email address. Submitting personal email addresses will disqualify your registration.

Teachers are expected to teach all four lessons within two weeks of the training material being posted on Share to Teach. Training materials and sample lesson outlines will not be provided to teachers who do not actively teach what they learn and post feedback on Share to Teach.

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