How Kano Education Benefitted Student Development Virtually During The Pandemic at TDSB

Hey, my name is Zélia Capitão-Tavares, and I’m an elementary teacher with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) in Toronto, Canada.

Me and one of my students on Zoom.

It has been a privilege to co-teach with several educators within our board exploring computational thinking, design thinking, coding and STEM.

The Kano PC allows students in elementary grades to be provided with an opportunity to explore components of building a computer. While engaging in the apps and lessons through the Kano Education: Creative Computing Curriculum’ focusing on computing, coding and so much more.

“Learning deeper about things I know about and helped me to see it in a new way.”

— Student

How do you know when students are excited about exploring new learning opportunities? When they reach out for additional check-ins to plan the next steps and move forward! The student leader would ask to meet up more frequently to further discuss the components of a computer and the prospect of building her own computer.

Our student leader with their Kano PC and webcam.

“I loved moving onto the next steps and the new levels while learning. Getting the advancements was super fun and inspiring! I had no challenges with this one because it is still pretty simple and it’s giving me exact directions. In our class, we have been learning about coding using MakeCode for MicroBits and in Minecraft Education Edition, so I had some experience with coding.”

Student

Also, opportunities to remix code from other creators too and make it something of her own, applying her own creative twist.

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The good kind of screen time. Computers and software for a new generation.