The Swedish government has recently introduced digital competence including programming in the Swedish K- 9
curriculum starting no later than fall 2018. This means that
100 000 teachers need to learn programming and digital
competence in less than a year. In this paper we report on
our experience working with professional teacher training
in Sweden’s fifth largest city. The city has about 150 000
inhabitants and about 50 schools with about 14 000 students
in primary education. The project has been carried out in
close cooperation with the municipality.
The work started in the fall of 2014 with a pilot study with 10
teachers in different subjects, carried out during spring 2015.
The pilot study was successful as the teachers were able to introduce activities related to programming and computational
thinking in their subjects after only two half-day workshops.
The next step was to scale this up to include all the schools in
the city. As expected, this turned out to be a larger challenge.
More than 70 teachers were involved in the second part of the
project. Some of the lessons learned are that it is quite easy to
provide teacher training, but harder to get teachers to actually
From Proceedings of the 2018 ACM SIGCSE Conference. Reprinted with permission.
Fredrik Heintz and Linda Mannila
Thinking for All: An
Experience Report on
Scaling up Teaching
to All Students in a
Major City in Sweden