What is Code To Learn?

Code To Learn is a TakingITGlobal project funded by the CanCode initiative of the Canadian government. We are funded until March 31, 2024!

Therefore, there is no cost for Canadian schools or educators to access these services.

Code To Learn offers free LYNX coding software, micro:bits, Climate Action Kits, and more to Canadian students and teachers to help them acquire coding, robotics, and computational thinking skills—while developing global competencies. We support educators in diverse subject areas such as language arts, visual arts, science, social studies, and mathematics—leveraging coding activities to meet broad cross-curricular goals. These workshops can be full-day, half-day, or after-school, and can include Saturdays. (Obviously, with the pandemic, we are offering 'virtual services'!)

Take advantage of these wonderful opportunities!

HOW DO I JOIN A WORKSHOP?

Watch for Workshop Announcements!

If you have signed up to get news and updates, you will automatically receive notifications about professional development workshops that we will run online and in-person! So make sure you have signed up and watch for those announcements!

Can't Wait? Organize a Group and Contact Us!

Or, if you can't wait, you can organize a group of colleagues and request a workshop from us on one of those projects! Contact peter@codetolearn.ca for details.

So rally your team and give us a shout! :-)

Lynx Coding is the main focus for this particular website of CanCode's CodeToLearn project. You will find many resources here to support your learning of Lynx. Below are listed some of the initiatives undertaken with Lynx. Many are available for you to pursue through LynxCoding.club.

NOTE: Lynx is available at NO cost to Canadian schools in Canadian English, French, Ojibway, Oji-Cree, Mohawk, and Mi'kmaq (with more Indigenous languages in development).

Terry Fox - A Tribute to a Canadian Hero

Code the route that Terry Fox took during his Marathon of Hope. Compare how many steps you can run to what Terry Fox ran. Students use a micro:bit to count their actual steps!

Suggested Grade Levels: 5 and up

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The Secret Path - A Message of ReconciliACTION Through Code

Students will learn about the life of Chanie Wenjack through Gord Downie’s Secret Path animated movie. Students will then create messages of ReconciliACTION using text, images, animation, and the music of Gord Downie. Lynx text-based coding will provide the platform for students to express their creativity.

Suggested Grade Levels: 5 and up

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#IKMath — Indigenous Ways of Knowing Mathematics

This project will continue to build on the work of a multi-year multi-site Indigenous mathematics research study, which is designed in response to a Canada-wide call from Ministries of Education that recognized the need to explicitly incorporate Indigenous content in order to support identity building and appreciation of Indigenous perspectives and values. It explores the interaction between Lynx coding and Indigenous design, technology, and artistry and how incorporating coding informs culturally responsive and relevant mathematics instruction in K-12 classrooms.

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The Climate Action Kit is a micro:bit powered inventor's kit designed to introduce students to coding and robotics. The goal of the kit is to provide purpose-driven learning experiences by connecting real-world climate change issues with tangible robotic solutions.

Using the robotic components in the kit, students can build, prototype, and program their own working solutions to meaningful climate change issues.

Suggested Grade Levels: 5 and up

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Let your students amaze you with their mathematical minds as they create art with turtle geometry!


The activities for 'The Beauty of Mathematics' are organized into four series:


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Many Other Projects

The Lynx team is:

    • Training FNMI students in Lynx Coding in their own language

    • Creating Lynx Coding in Indigenous Languages

    • Developing educational materials to support provincial curricula

Learn Lynx through the activities on this site or use the PDF of this book which includes these projects:

Geometric Fun, Art of the Lynx, Interactive Thank You Card, Secret Codes, Kill the Virus, and Pong!

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OTHER CanCodeToLearn PROJECTS

Your Voice is Power: Remix Beats. Learn Code. Promote Equity.

Your Voice is Power is a national competition for middle and high school students designed to teach the fundamentals of computer science, entrepreneurship, and social justice. Using the EarSketch platform, students get creative to remix songs from Indigenous artists and use what they have learned from the provided course outline.

Three nationally recognized Indigenous artists are taking part in this year's competition. Students will remix songs from Dakota Bear, Jayli Wolf, and Samian while taking inspiration from the social justice themes demonstrated in the work of these artists.

Check out our exclusive Amazon Music Playlist, with recurring themes of perseverance, the power of will, and steadfast determination toward a better future when faced with obstacles from a bleak past. It also showcases foundational moments in music across North America spanning 30+ years of music making.

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International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

ISTE will:

  • Provide Canadian educators with professional learning activities and resources to develop their coding & computational thinking skills

  • Customize webinars and courses with content from across the Code to Learn program

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OCADU: Inclusive Design Research Centre and Weavly

The Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) will:

  • continue development of the Weavly coding environment (https://weavly.org/)

  • provide curricular supports and activities for the Weavly coding environment

  • enhance the learning of those with cognitive and complex disabilities

  • provide resources and tools for other jurisdictions

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CodeTrain: Computer Science PD - Built for Canadian Teachers—Endorsed by the College Board

CodeTrain and The Centre for Global Education will:

  • create a more inclusive high school computer science curriculum

  • train educators and students in this course—Computer Science Principles: A National Computer Science High School Teacher Training Program.

  • empower computer science teachers with a project-based approach and course

  • provide students with passion-based projects that are culturally-reflective, individually meaningful, and result in advanced university credit and acknowledgement

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Connected by Stories: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

The Kelsey Learning Centre of The Pas, MB will:

  • empower young Indigenous females as role models to mentor K-12 students in digital skills

  • support the digital skills learning of K-12 students in the Kelsey School Division

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