EDU 923 Coding and Computational Thinking
Develop an understanding and application of computational thinking concepts for educators. Evaluates offline grade-level appropriate computational thinking activities for students, presents instructional strategies that foster student perseverance, and investigates the basics of coding author applications. Participants will develop an implementation plan for teaching computational thinking and coding.
Computer programming develops learner skills and knowledge with problem solving, critical thinking, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curriculum. Through engaging challenges coding encourages perseverance, work ethic, collaboration, inquiry, and research, as well as supporting tasks found in everyday living. This course will help teachers get started with age appropriate coding activities, tools, and tasks to introduce your students to computational thinking and computer science and connect them to all areas of the common core curriculum.
This is an introductory course and participants do not need a computer programming background. Although a computer with internet access will be needed for teachers to take this course, coding concepts can be taught in classrooms without access to a lot of technology.
A Sphero robot is included in the cost of the Wilson College version of this course (with no additional fees).
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I felt there was a good balance of informative and interactive requirements for the course. The instructors were well informed and provided plenty of feedback. They provided many and a variety of opportunities to explore and develop a sense of confidence and comfortability with the content.S.M., Elementary Teacher
The class was wonderful. It was great to explore and share ideas, reflections, and trouble shooting.C.L., Elementary Teacher
The course was very pertinent and I will be using course materials/resources in my classroom.W.H., Math Teacher
Excellent course. Entered not having a real understanding of the topic and left with a clear path to the future. Lauri and Amy did a fantastic job, lots of resources, lots to think aboutK.W.
I will be changing the way I have been teaching coding. It will be much more in depth and the students will benefit.C.S., Elementary Teacher
Very organized and lots of flexibility to really make the most of what is applicable and usable for my classroom.R.P., Math Teacher
It was amazing the amount of information I learned and was able to take back to my classroom and my colleagues rooms too!S.M., Elementary Teacher
I have already begun using my learning and changing my teaching due to this course.A.T., Elementary Teacher
This course met me where I was in my understanding of the topic and allowed me to learn at my own pace and with particular focus to my content area.A.T., Elementary Teacher
This was a substantially different course then I have ever taken. It was definitely beneficial for all learners though!S.A.
I really enjoyed the content and delivery of this course. I felt it offered a good amount of work to find opportunities to apply in my classroom. I also enjoyed its self-paced nature allowing us to work when it best suited our schedule.J.M.
I cannot wait to hit the ground running with pythonroom and code.orgC.H., Elementary Teacher
Computational Thinking and Coding was an excellent course which provided experience, resources, and multiple ideas that can be implemented immediately in my classroom.A.C., Science Teacher
The most valuable part of the course was evaluating coding apps that I would want and would not want to use in the classroom. I also enjoyed learning about unplugged coding activities.J.C., Elementary Teacher
I felt the most valuable aspect of the course was the applicable content. Every assignment had us thinking about ways to integrate into our current classrooms to enhance instruction.J.M.