Can computer games assist educators? What is digital literacy? How can digital technologies change teaching?

These are some of the topics to be discussed at the World Conference on Computers in Education (WCCE) this week, held in Dublin, Ireland.

ACS Chair of the ICT Educators Program, Therese Keane, is presenting a paper – on indigenous children learning how to program a humanoid robot whilst simultaneously learning about their language and culture -- to attendees on Friday.

“This is an important conference as it brings together researchers who are dedicated to advancing the use of computers in education,” said Keane. “It is thought-provoking, and important to be able to hear about the various methods computers and technologies are being used in the classrooms.”

The conference is held every four years by the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), the governing body for computer societies worldwide. The event is hosted by the Irish Computer Society.

The 2017 conference theme is ‘Tomorrow’s learning: Involving everyone’.

Almost 200 speakers will present varying research on the role of technology in education, in regards to both teaching and learning.

Researchers, curriculum designers, computer science experts, teachers and students are amongst those attending the event.

“Whilst computing in education doesn't have a long past and things are very dynamic, it is important to hear, discuss and understand the current and emerging trends that are happening in this space from a global perspective,” said Keane.