Learning to Code in the Classroom at the iEARN Conference


Jim Carleton

Simcoe County District School Board

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Jim Carleton

Jim has been teaching for 25 years and became hooked on the power of global collaborative learning in 2003 after attending the iEARN International Conference and Youth Summit in Japan. Since that time Jim has had the pleasure of working with many students and teachers on a variety of different projects both as a classroom teacher and as a technology consultant. Until he became involved in real and meaningful projects he had no real interest in technology; however, it was as a result of being engaged in iEARN projects that he saw a purpose for the use of these ever growing and emerging tools. Jim is presently a teacher librarian in a school north of Toronto; a role he loves since it affords him the opportunity to collaborate with many others.

Mali Bickley


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Mali Bickley

Mali Bickley has recently retired. She has 35 years experience as a classroom teacher. Over the past 15 years, she has integrated ICT, literacy, and content area curriculum to have her students connect, communicate, and collaborate with several classes from around the world. As a classroom teacher, Mali has used global education projects to integrate reading and writing strategies into meaningful projects that connect students globally. Mali’s students have successfully collaborated within their classroom and with classrooms around the world to make a difference in the lives of others. Mali is the educational collaboration advisor at TakingITGlobal and designs and facilitates many international projects.  

Sunita Bhagwat

New India School

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Sunita Bhagwat

Sunita Bhagwat is the Country Coordinator of  iEARN-India and has run the center of India since its inception in 2000. She has directed and coordinated international collaborative projects and exchange programs for school teachers and students in India. Some of these projects include CIVICS, BRIDGE, FLAP, Four Rivers One World, NSLI-Y funded by State Department of Education. She continues to support various projects in Indian schools for international collaboration and global understanding. 

She is a Consulting Director for New India School, Pune ( Under her leadership, the school was recognized in 2014 as Microsoft Innovative School and Partners in Microsoft School Research Program. She has designed and implemented “Teacher Development Programs” in schools and has carried out action research projects to assess the impact of these programs. 

Sunita is a hard core teacher and passionate researcher having experience for more than 25 years in school education. She is an approved assessor for “Quality School Governance” for the Quality Council of India, and a Consultant for Quality Management Systems She has  successfully designed and implemented QMS for the last 8 years in various schools all over India. She is a recipient of several state and National scholarships, one of which is the University Grant Commission Junior research fellowship for Ph.D. (5 years). She has guided 34 teachers for action research projects.

Session Details

Type: Tech/Innovation Lab

Location: Library

Date: Tuesday

Time: 2:00-2:50 PM

This session is associated with a UN SDG!

This session relates to the Don't Waste - Create iEARN Project!

Session Description

Coding is a fun and engaging activity that teaches us far more than just how to code. It need not be an isolated, lonely activity done in your parent's basement. Instead, coding can help to develop many of the so called 21st Century skills such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, citizenship and character. Of course, like all technology, it depends on how it is taught and how it is used. Attendees will be introduced to coding and how it can be used in the classroom. No previous coding skills required - great for both experienced and novice learners! 

What will educators learn and be able to do at the end of the session?

The goals of this tech/innovation lab are for attendees to:

  • To experience how simple coding can be
  • To experience how coding fosters creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking/problem solving
  • To  see how STEM projects and global projects can be tied together

Session Resources

Learning To Code In The Classroom