Accessible Coding Workshop

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For students with complex challenges, learning to code can help develop expressive communication, literacy, sequencing, and metacognition—skills that are essential for learning as well as daily life and work.

Guided by UDL, Bridges' Accessible Coding workshop enables educators of students with complex learning needs to teach coding, Learning to Code, and harness adapted coding instruction, Coding to Learn.

We work with common coding robots and/or applications such as Cubetto, Botley, Wonder, Blockly, Scratch, Scratch Jr., Sphero etc. - to create adapted scaffolded coding lessons.

This is a full-day workshop , designed for up to 20 participants.

Includes a USB stick with materials and adaptation tools:

Participants leave with a full kit of scaffolded instructional materials and adapted student materials for the robot(s) they have in their classroom.

Note: Bridges has materials for popular applications and will consider creating materials for those not yet developed.


Topics covered:
  • Benefits of learning to code for students who learn differently.
  • UDL approach to planning, materials and instruction overcoming typical barriers in coding.
  • Instructional framework and classroom resources.


Top takeaways from this course:
  • How to evaluate coding applications based on student needs and interface design
  • How to plan and anchor activities to curricular goals
  • A framework for adapting and scaffolding instruction and materials
  • Tools to engage all students
  • Fostering social interaction and communication through small coding teams


Who should attend:
  • Classroom teachers
  • AT Specialists
  • Educational Assistants
  • Special needs consultants
  • Occupational therapists


Why choose Bridges?

For over two decades Bridges has trained on adapting teaching in schools with technology for students of all abilities. We’ve been recognized nationally and internationally presenting at conferences, publishing articles and consulting with developers and educators.

Bridges has presented on making coding accessible at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) in Chicago in 2018 and was requested to submit a presentation for 2019.

Bridges has partnered with the Inclusive Design Research Centre at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, Toronto, to make coding accessible.

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