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.
This course was previously titled "Computational Thinking and Coding".
A Sphero robot is included in the cost of the Wilson College version of this course (with no additional fees).
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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.
Fantastic class, guidance by Ken Kay, exposure to different coding programs, resources and applications of coding in and out of the classroom. I highly recommend this class’A.S.
Gaining understanding of growth mindset and strategies to instill grit and resilience in students.K.G.
I thought the course was provided a good perspective on Computational Thinking and its place in education.K.G.
I really liked this course! The self-paced setup was very helpful.S.G.
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.
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 anticipate this course impacting my classroom instruction because I now understand the importance of teaching coding and computational thinking skills early on.J.C., Elementary 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 plan to incorporate more coding activities into my courses.E.B.
The assignments on coding were the most helpful to me.E.B.
Overall the course was interesting and I enjoyed learning about computational thinking and coding.E.B.
Scaffolds learning to code well.J.M., Social Studies Teacher
I'll incorporate coding into my classesM.J.
I liked the exposure to many coding activitiesM.J.