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
Very organized and lots of flexibility to really make the most of what is applicable and usable for my classroom.R.P., Math 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
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
The course was very pertinent and I will be using course materials/resources in my classroom.W.H., Math Teacher
This course is great for making the connections to the thought process required to be successful with the skill of programming, as well as identifying where this thought process can be used elsewhere in our curriculum.M.T.
How I was able to customize it to my needs and for the level I teach.C.S., Elementary Teacher
I thought the course was provided a good perspective on Computational Thinking and its place in education.K.G.
This course was very beneficial and helped me understand computational thinking and coding. I learned a great deal and liked the courseC.W., Tech Specialist
I plan on using knowledge gained in this course to create new programming for my classroom and provide extra opportunities for my students.A.C., Science 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
Large amount of diverse resourcesN.K., Math Teacher
I feel the most valuable part of the course was the exploration of a variety of plugged and unplugged activities to use within the classroom, as well as reviewing so many different programs. It gave you insight to a diverse collection of resources.S.S., Elementary Teacher
I plan to incorporate more coding activities into my courses.E.B.
Many useful resources were provided. Assignments were also useful and applicable.R.W., Science 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