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ERIC Number: EJ1233582
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1648-5831
SplashCode -- A Board Game for Learning an Understanding of Algorithms in Middle School
Gresse von Wangenheim, Christiane; Araújo e Silva de Medeiros, Giselle; Missfeldt Filho, Raul; Petri, Giani; da Cruz Pinheiro, Fernando; Ferreira, M. Nathalie; Hauck, Jean C. R.
Informatics in Education, v18 n2 p259-280 2019
Teaching computational thinking in K-12 as a 21st century skill is becoming increasingly important. Computational thinking describes a specific way of reasoning building on concepts and processes derived from algorithms and programming. One way to teach these concepts is games as an effective and efficient alternative. This article presents SplashCode, a low-cost board game to reinforce basic algorithms and programming concepts. The game was developed in a systematic way following an instructional design process, and applied and evaluated in a Brazilian public school with a total of 65 students (grade 5 to 9). First results indicate that the game can have a positive impact on motivation, learning experience, and students' learning, as well as contribute positively to social interaction, relevance, and fun. Results of this study may assist in the selection of games as an instructional strategy and/or in the development of new games for teaching computational thinking.
Vilnius University Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Lithuanian Academy of Sciences. Akademjos str. 4, Vilnius LT 08663 Lithuania. Tel: +37-5-21-09300; Fax: +37-5-27-29209; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil