Coding and the Digital Learning Framework


Coding and computational thinking map directly to standards and statements of highly effective practice on the Digital Learning Framework. We’ve compiled some examples below. Consider your school’s Digital Learning Plan. Is there room for developing innovative practice in the coming school year by introducing coding and computational thinking activities?


Coding and the Digital Learning Framework

The Digital Learning Framework (DLF) has been developed as a tool for schools and teachers, to help them to effectively embed digital technologies in teaching, learning and assessment. 

Engaging with the DLF helps to identify where a school is in its digital journey and to identify areas for further development, both at whole school and individual teacher level. 

Schools follow the DL planning process outlined on the digital learning planning website, selecting standards and statements of practice, which they then translate into targets and specific actions. You can remind yourself of the digital learning planning process by visiting

If your school is exploring or developing coding and computational thinking to support teaching, learning and assessment, here are some examples of standards and statements you can choose for your digital learning action plan. Each of these is in the Teaching and Learning section.

Domain 2: Learner Experiences
Standard 2.4: Students experience opportunities to develop the skills and attitudes necessary for lifelong learning
Statement (highly effective practice)Students apply their digital competence in innovative ways to new situations or contexts, creatively develop new solutions and/or products, and see themselves engaging in continuing education and training.
Domain 3: Teachers’ Individual Practice
Standard 3.2: The teacher selects and uses planning, preparation and assessment practices that progress students’ learning
Statement (highly effective practice)Teachers use appropriate digital technologies to support differentiated learning, enabling learners to take ownership of their individual learning needs.
Statement (highly effective practice)Teachers use appropriate digital technologies to help pupils design projects and activities that engage them in collaborative problem solving, research, and/or artistic creation.

Watch this good practice video, filmed in Attymass National School, where the principal, Seán Gallagher, describes how his school used a combination of tools, including the Digital Learning Framework and the EU SELFIE tool, in order to identify priorities for digital learning. The planning process aligns the DLF with Looking at our School, and ensures that digital technology is used as a tool to achieve the schools aims. Coding and computational thinking play a central role at all levels within the school. Watch the video here: Digital Technologies in Attymass National School.

Spend some time engaging with the Digital Learning Framework on to see if there are other standards and statements that you and your school would like to prioritise for the next cycle of digital learning planning. 


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