All over the world, in thousands of Code Clubs, children are learning programming to solve problems and create. At the Raspberry Pi Foundation we hear lots of stories of amazing progress. We also see many wonderful projects at the Coolest Projects events. Alongside this, we want to continue to improve our understanding of what children are learning and the impact we are having. We’ve just published a report on using quizzes and badges to evidence and support the learning that’s taking place in clubs.
In the Research team we’re always looking for ways to understand what children are learning in more detail. We’re also keen to help children and the adults who support them understand and celebrate the progress they are making. Over the last few months we’ve worked with a group of Code Clubs to try out a new approach. We’ve used quizzes to capture what the children have learned and badges to reward them for their achievements.
The clubs worked with us to try out a set of quizzes linked to each project in our introductory Scratch programming module. At the end of each project they took a 3 question, multiple choice quiz on programming concepts covered in the project. At the end of the module there were an extra 3 questions on computational thinking concepts touched on throughout the module. Some of the clubs awarded badges for completing the projects. Others focused on the quizzes as we wanted to test how much badges incentivised the children.
What we learned
We learned a lot from this project, including the fact that these kinds of quizzes can work well in Code Clubs. Many adults reported that they valued the opportunity for revisiting learning that the quizzes gave. Children also fed back that they enjoyed doing them. Enjoyment was higher for those who also received badges. It appears from this pilot that badges can be a beneficial incentive for children at a Code Club.
We’re already working on building on this work to understand learning across our programmes. We’ve been working with some CoderDojos on a similar project. We also have a project in the works looking at how children can share their learning with us using the projects that they create.
For more detail on the findings, you can read the full report over on the Raspberry Pi Foundation Research & Insights page.