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).
See what other educators are saying about this course
I plan on implementing coding in my classroom immediately now that I know a lot more about it.R.P., Math Teacher
I enjoyed this course. It was a lot more learner-driven, which was great with my schedule at this time of year.M.P., 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
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 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
Very organized and lots of flexibility to really make the most of what is applicable and usable for my classroom.R.P., Math Teacher
The assignments on coding were the most helpful to me.E.B.
I plan to take what I have learned back to my classroom, school, and district in hopes to develop a district-wide coding plan K-12 so our learners have exposure to coding throughout their school careers.S.S., Elementary Teacher
I will be applying it this year!W.H., Math Teacher
Many useful resources were provided. Assignments were also useful and applicable.R.W., Science 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've already started including many of the activities and resources in my classes.C.S.
Scaffolds learning to code well.J.M., Social Studies Teacher
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.
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.