Students exposed to coding and programming at an early age are well equipped to take on higher-level computer science courses in high school and have essential skills for future opportunities in the technology world. When Rob van Nood was hired as the educational technology specialist for Catlin Gabel School in Oregon, coding and computer science courses were only offered in grades 9-12 and not to students in the younger grades. The lack of coding curricula at the younger levels has left a significant teaching gap in 21st century skills such as problem solving, designing, and computation thinking.
Teaching computer coding skills and concepts in the primary grades may sound like a challenge, but now there are hands-on activities and age-appropriate software that engage young students in this type of learning. And, starting the learning process in grades K-2 can build students’ confidence and reduce the challenges they face later when working on coding projects in the upper grades.
In this edWebinar, Rob van Nood, Educational Technology Specialist from Catlin Gabel School, will show you how to use coding and data-collection technology to enhance your students’ development of creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills.
In this edWebinar, explore how to expose young students to computer science topics in early childhood instruction to build foundations for student learning.
Coding and robotics programs in classrooms reflect how integral technology is in our lives. Educators like Angie Kalthoff, Technology Integrationist in St. Cloud, MN, and Ann Bartel, Instructional Technology Specialist in Chilton, WI, teach K-8 students about technology through coding and computer science programs that incorporate the 4 Cs of learning: collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication. In a recent edWebinar, Kalthoff and Bartel explain that they want to coach students and not just tell them what button to push or the correct sequences to move a robot across a mat. By being challenged to take ownership of their learning through design thinking, students grow to understand that it is okay not to get the right answer the first time and that failing is part of the learning process.
This edWebinar offers a review of the field of robotics, links to free resources, and real-world stories from the industry today that can be shared in the classroom.
In this edWebinar, take your students’ computational thinking to the next level using variables and conditionals in both simple and complex programs.
In this edWebinar, review some of the current obstacles and opportunities for introducing the value of a computer science education for all.
In this edWebinar, learn more about how to embrace a maker’s mindset, popular in makerspaces and fablabs across the globe.
In this edWebinar, Marcos Navas, Technology Facilitator from Union City Public Schools, shows how to prepare your students for their future using coding.