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).
See what other educators are saying about this course
I've already started including many of the activities and resources in my classes.C.S.
Great way to get introduced to coding and how to incorporate it into my curriculum!K.G., Math Teacher
Many useful resources were provided. Assignments were also useful and applicable.R.W., Science Teacher
I learned many new skills and ideas that I will be able to apply to my job dutiesD.S., Administrator
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.
Exposure to a wealth of resources and great assignments that helped us explore them, ability to do our own coding to see how it works and test programs.A.S.
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 loved this course! The course content was very informative and valuable to me. I feel confident in implementing many of the ideas and activities I learned in this course.S.B.
This course broke down the steps needed in order to be successful with computational thinking and how it applies in a classroom setting.M.G., Elementary Teacher
I truly learned a lot about coding and computational thinking in the classroom throughout this course. Ken Kay is extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and provided excellent, in-depth feedback for every assignment.S.S., Elementary Teacher
I really enjoyed the opportunities it allowed me to give my class. I wouldn't have done learning.com' code-a-thon or pythonroom without it.M.P., Elementary Teacher
I plan to incorporate more coding activities into my courses.E.B.
I am teaching an 8th grade coding class. Mr. Kay provided excellent resources and activities that will provide me with a wealth of information that I can use in my class.S.K.
The class was wonderful. It was great to explore and share ideas, reflections, and trouble shooting.C.L., 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