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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Scaffolds learning to code well.J.M., Social Studies Teacher
I liked the exposure to many coding activitiesM.J.
The assignments on coding were the most helpful to me.E.B.
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
This course was one of the best Eduspire classes! It is amazing to see how computational thinking can be applied to just about anything.K.G., Math 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
Very organized and lots of flexibility to really make the most of what is applicable and usable for my classroom.R.P., Math Teacher
I enjoyed the course. It provided a lot of resources that are available for coding - not just one particular program.L.H., Tech Specialist
I really appreciate all of the resources that were complied and provided to help guide my understanding of this topic and as reference in the future.A.C., Science Teacher
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.
The class was wonderful. It was great to explore and share ideas, reflections, and trouble shooting.C.L., Elementary Teacher
I've already started including many of the activities and resources in my classes.C.S.
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 will definitely apply what I have learned into my classrooms right away.K.G., Math Teacher
I'll incorporate coding into my classesM.J.