I am an advocate for introducing students and teachers to the world of coding. I love to share my passion for creative coding and digital making tools with students and teachers at school districts and educational conferences. I have worked with many school districts from across Canada and beyond to support system-wide initiatives involving coding and computational thinking in education.
I am a PhD Candidate at Western University, focusing on K-12 Teacher Education related to Computational Thinking, Mathematics Education and Coding. My PhD supervisor is Dr. George Gadanidis, a math education professor whose work you can explore here. I have a Masters in Professional Education (MPEd) in the field of Mathematics Education. I also hold an Honours Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree from Western as well as a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree from the University of Toronto. I am currently teaching Computational Modelling in Mathematics and Science Education in the BEd program at Western.
I was recently inducted into the Society of Descartes Medallists at the University of Waterloo for my contribution to computer science and math education in Ontario, receiving the 2019 Rene Descartes Medal. I am also grateful have been awarded the Western University Art Geddes Learning About Teaching Award in 2020.
In 2019, I completed the Graduate Student Innovation Scholar program, offered in partnership through WORLDiscoveries and the Pierre Morrisette Institute for Entrepreneurship at the Ivy Business School.
I have taught Computational Thinking in Mathematics and Science Education in Western’s Bachelor of Education program for four years, receiving the 2016 and 2019 Award for Excellence in Teaching in an undergraduate program.
I’ve had the honour to coauthor the 3rd Edition of Coding for Young Mathematicians – Using Scratch and Python in collaboration with Dr. George Gadanidis and am pleased to offer workshops related to topics in this book. I contributed to My Best Idea in Math, a newly released book for K–12 educators, school board administrators, and ministry officials, written alongside many esteemed educators in Ontario. I have also had the privilege to co-author articles and chapters published in academic journals and books focusing on computational thinking and coding, some of which are highlighted here.
Along with my husband, Steven Floyd, I cohost TVO’s Coding in the Classroom Hub. This is a place for highlighting the amazing work in which educators in the province of Ontario have engaged and to share ideas surrounding coding and computational thinking.
I have over 17 years of experience teaching within the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) where I have taught computer science, mathematics, science and experiential learning.
I hope to add to this blog periodically to share my thoughts and ideas for educators surrounding coding and computational thinking.
Thanks for visiting!
Lisa Anne Floyd
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