Interactive modules in LesLinq for De Programmeerschool (The Programming School)
Digital literacy, media literacy, computational thinking… A child who understands how digital technologies work is better prepared for the future.
The average elementary school teacher does not immediately get happy when he has to explain to students how software works or how a computer works. Fortunately, De Programmeerschool can help.
We asked Kristel van Reenen, co-owner of De Programmeerschool about the activities of De Programmeerschool, the creation of knowledge modules and the experience with LesLinq as a tool for creating interactive content. Do you also want to create good, interactive learning modules? Then read on quickly.
What does The Programming School actually do?
“The specialized teachers and IT professionals of De Programmeerschool teach children basic knowledge and skills about digital technologies and teach them real programming. Schools hire us for a lesson package of their choice. During the lessons, we teach students basic knowledge and try to get them to look and think in a different way: computational thinking. That includes thinking abstractly and describing exactly what you want.”
What does such a lesson look like?
“Lessons consist of knowledge transfer combined with practical exercises. Knowledge transfer includes answering questions like:
- How does software work?
- What is hardware?
- How does a computer work?
- How does the binary system work?
- What is the best way to search the web?
- How does Google work?
- What is an algorithm?
In the practical part, students do all kinds of exercises. For example, they learn to program ‘putting on a coat’. Or they have to describe to someone else the appearance of a cat in as much detail as possible. Children learn to program in Scratch. That works very simply with colored cubes.”
How do you use LesLinq?
“We use LesLinq to create the knowledge modules. A knowledge module explains 1 separate topic. For example, there are knowledge modules on ‘Computer Words’ or ‘How Software Works,’ as well as ‘Hacking’ and ‘Encryption.’ For each topic, we create an interactive lesson in LesLinq.”
What are the benefits of working with LesLinq?
“Students don’t read anymore. So you have to put interactive elements into your teaching materials. That can be done very well with LesLinq. It is especially great that we can incorporate videos into the LesLinq projects. Many elementary school have no access to YouTube.
Another big advantage is that a project created in LesLinq always works and works the same everywhere. This is very different from working with PowerPoint or Google Slides, for example. The certainty that videos always work everywhere is also very nice.
In addition, it is nice that LesLinq is not too big and complicated. Many systems have an LMS linked to it, which makes it very bulky. The nice thing about LesLinq is that it is not too extensive. You have to take the time to get to know the system in the beginning, but once you do, it works very well. LesLinq is ideal for people who need to create a lot of teaching materials. It combines the power of online with the power of a presentation tool.”