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Coding Quest expands program reach with Distance Learning initiative

The Learning Partnership is excited to announce a new digital initiative to bring Coding Quest to more teachers and students across Canada. Designed by educators, Coding Quest is Canada’s largest classroom-based coding program, challenging students to build an educational video game together with their peers. Through this experiential learning program, teachers are trained to apply coding concepts to a range of subject areas, helping students to strengthen core global competencies and computational thinking, including critical thinking, creative problem-solving, collaboration and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. Guided by their teachers, students collaborate to research a topic and apply their knowledge of that topic within the design of their computer game. The program culminates in an Arcade, where students showcase their computer games.

To reach more students across Canada, The Learning Partnership has developed a responsive online training course for teachers to implement Coding Quest. With this newest expansion leveraging digital design, we hope to encourage teachers in remote locations to participate. Special attention has been given towards supporting the unique needs of teachers in various types of school communities as we further strengthen our focus on providing accessible and equitable education. In addition to the online materials, participants will be supported remotely by a program manager who is available to troubleshoot, answer questions and provide guidance. Thanks to the generous support of our funding partners, the course and all supporting materials are available at no cost to students, teachers or schools.

The initial training course takes a maximum of 3 hours to complete and can be done on the participating teacher’s own time. Following the online training, teachers will get complete access to our comprehensive Coding Quest online resources, including lesson plans, slide presentations, student assignments, and other materials.

The course provides multiple pathways and open course design, allowing teachers to pull relevant information. No prior coding experience required.

The Learning Partnership continues to innovate in our work as leaders in publicly funded education. This work is possible thanks to the valuable feedback and insights of Canadian educators. We are looking for teachers interested in joining this pilot to test and review the training and share their feedback.

If you would like to participate in this pilot, please contact Bradley Grant, bgrant@thelearningpartnership.ca. Please note that space is limited.

About Coding Quest

Coding Quest is Canada’s largest classroom-based coding program, using a critical inquiry process to enable students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 to develop global competencies while they learn fundamental coding skills and create a video game following a simplified engineering design process. . Coding Quest is available at no cost to schools, thanks to the generous support of our funding partners, including the Government of Canada, Capital One, Salesforce.org and Electronic Arts.

About The Learning Partnership

The Learning Partnership is a Canadian charity that prepares students to thrive in a diverse, connected and changing world. We leverage the best thinking from educators, business and government to deliver rich experiential programs for students that cultivate entrepreneurial thinking and innovation and support social-emotional learning. Since 1993, we have been helping build the foundations for students to solve tomorrow’s challenges.