Okanagan Skaha Teachers' Union
697 Martin Street, Penticton BC  V2A 5L5
Phone: 250-492-4915     Fax: 250-492-5540

Session 7B
Coding Quest - Bringing Code to the Classroom
John McMahon
Based on provincial curriculum and using a critical inquiry process, students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 learn fundamental coding skills and create a video game or project though this engaging, student-driven program. Coding Quest focuses on STEM education, 21st Century and computational thinking, while incorporating learning skills, science & technology, mathematics, language arts, visual arts and social studies. The program culminates in a regional Arcade hosted by The Learning Partnership.

The Coding Quest has a flexible curriculum framework that can be tailored to teachers' preferences and levels of expertise. Teachers are assisted as they deliver a 10-class adjustable framework, through in-service support and online resources via The Learning Partnership's eLearning Moodle.
John has worked as a teacher and later a school principal across three school districts over the past 31 years. In 2014, he was recognized as one of Canada's Outstanding Principals for his work in the Kelowna School District. John has a passion for creating opportunities for students and brings this passion to his new role as Program Manager for the Learning Partnership in the Okanagan. His present role allows him to provide support to teachers as they utilize coding as an instructional tool.  His approach to presentation is to provide teachers with hands-on experiences that allow them to gain practical knowledge for the classroom. 
Intended Audience:
Teachers of Grade 4 - 6.