Dr. Peter Rich, Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah
14:00-15:30, Paterson's Land room 1.19, Moray House School of Education
Education in today's world needs to go beyond content knowledge. Organizations such as the Partnership for a 21st-century Skills have proposed that soft skills such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity are equally important. In addition, there is a call for computing as a new literacy that helps to cultivate these skills and better prepare students to succeed in an increasingly technological world. But are these 5 Cs enough? What happens when they're used maliciously? How can we help students to truly use their 21st-century skills to make the world better?
Dr. Peter Rich is an Associate Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, USA, where he teaches courses on educational psychology, instructional design and development. His research focuses on Computational Thinking in K-8, which means he gets to teach elementary kids and teachers to code, play with Lego Robotics, and do fun engineering projects. Peter has worked with teachers in various parts of the United States and collaborates with international colleagues to better understand how best to prepare teachers to teach computing.