CASTALIA LAUNCHES CodeEdu/, A COURSE FOR FUTURE CODE EDUCATORS, AS A JOINT PROJECT WITH JOETSU UNIVERSITY OF EDUCATION
Instructors include Takashi Matsuda, former principal of Maehara Elementary School, Koganei City, and Taro Matsumura, vice principal of Code Academy High School
Castalia Co. Ltd. (headquarters: Tokyo, Japan, hereinafter “Castalia”) is pleased to announce the launch of CodeEdu, a course to foster programming educators, as a joint project with Associate Professor Yasumasa Oomori (hereinafter “Associate Professor Oomori”) of Joetsu University of Education (location: Niigata, Japan, hereinafter “JUEN”). The project started accepting registrations from September 2016.
CodeEdu/ is an educator fostering program offered to teachers engaged in programming education in primary education, and people involved in programming education targeting children.
The presence and fostering of instructors have been a big issue in the overall programming education from elementary through high school.
Castalia and Associate Professor Oomori have been researching on programming education, as a joint project with Shingakukai (headquarters: Nagano, Japan). From November 2015 through March 2016, we conducted a feasibility study targeting third and fourth graders in Nagano City. The result was developed into “An instructor fostering program corresponding to the programming education curriculum in elementary and secondary education” and have made presentations on occasions, such as the Computers and Education Seminar hosted by Information Processing Society of Japan in July 2016. The course draws from the achievements of the research, and is designed so that even those who have never experienced programming can teach.
The course is offered in the flipped-classroom style that combines online and physical schoolings. Students can study digital content-based lectures online, such as videos, free from time and location restrictions. Online lectures are compatible with multiple devices, namely smartphones, tablets, and PCs. The physical schooling takes a hands-on workshop style where students work together with their classmates to develop a learning material and teach a mock lecture, and acquire practical skills required in various teaching scenes after the completion of the course.
Instructors include Takashi Matsuda, former principal of Maehara Elementary School, Koganei City, Associate Professor Oomori of JUEN, and Taro Matsumura, journalist of vice principal of Code Academy High School. They will share their rich experiences and knowledge.
In this course, students will acquire the knowledge, concept, basic programming techniques, and teaching methods in programming education. Specifically, the subjects are “Introduction To Programming Education” which offers the understanding in the current situation and necessary concepts in programming education, “Programming Techniques” where students acquire the techniques for programming, “Study Material Development” which covers the methods to develop study materials to be used in programming education, “Class Analysis And Evaluation” which analyzes programming education classes and lectures and practically learn how to evaluate them, and “Development Of Mind And Body”, in which students learn how to support the mental aspects of the students as well as to assist disabled people such as children with birth defects. *1
The tuition for this course is free of charge (except for transportation fees to attend the physical schooling) for the academic year 2016. We will start accepting registration from across the nation on the special website of CodeEdu/. The course will be implemented through JUEN’s publicly offered regional contribution course project for the academic year 2016.
For details on CodeEdu/ and application, please refer to its official website. *2
*1: Subjects “Class Analysis And Evaluation” and “Development Of Mind And Body” are scheduled to be offered from or after the academic year 2017.
*2: The course will finish accepting registrations as soon as it reaches its capacity.
■Joetsu University of Education
Joetsu University of Education is a national university corporation located in Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture, aimed at the fostering of teachers. The course will be implemented as part of the regional contribution project by Associate Professor Yasumasa Oomori, Educational Information Systems Laboratory, Joetsu University of Education.
JUEN website： http://www.juen.ac.jp/
■About Castalia Co., Ltd.
Castalia Co., Ltd. is a company that reinvents learning under the slogan of “find solutions to social problems with the fusion of education and IT”. We develop mobile learning platform “Goocus” and supply it to corporations and educational institutions. In addition, we collaborate with Shingakukai, an educational conglomerate that operates mainly in Nagano Prefecture, for the curriculum design at Code Academy High School ( http://code.ac.jp ), Japan’s first extensive correspondence high school that sets programming (coding) as mandatory subject.
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