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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How I was able to customize it to my needs and for the level I teach.C.S., Elementary Teacher
There were a lot of direct applications to be used in this course. I plan on implementing my learning to the next school year.C.H., Elementary Teacher
I liked the exposure to many coding activitiesM.J.
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
I cannot wait to hit the ground running with pythonroom and code.orgC.H., Elementary Teacher
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
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
I really liked this course! The self-paced setup was very helpful.S.G.
I will definitely apply what I have learned into my classrooms right away.K.G., Math Teacher
Many useful resources were provided. Assignments were also useful and applicable.R.W., Science Teacher
I thought the course was provided a good perspective on Computational Thinking and its place in education.K.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.
Scaffolds learning to code well.J.M., Social Studies 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.
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.