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Beyond the Basics: Coding with Conditionals and Variables

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

Children coding

Presented by Dr. Katrina Keene, Senior Education Outreach Manager, Wonder Workshop; and Dylan Portelance, Product Manager, Wonder Workshop
Sponsored by Wonder Workshop

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Caught the coding bug in your classroom and ready to take your students’ computational thinking to the next level? Variables and conditionals are powerful programming concepts found in almost every language that allow students to model counting, checking, and decision making. They can be tricky but with the right examples they can be mastered and made fun.

In this edWebinar, discover the power of using variables and conditionals in both simple and complex programs. Find out how these concepts can be illustrated for beginners through interactive content and try your hand at a few puzzles along the way. Finally, see how using robots like Wonder Workshop’s award-winning Dash and Dot can be used to further showcase the trickier side of introductory programming through real world examples of code.

This recorded session will be of particular benefit to K-12 and higher education teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders, as well as technology integrationists, technology coaches, and information specialists.

Katrina KeeneAbout the Presenters 

Dr. Katrina Keene is a national and international speaker and has spent the last 17 years in K-12 technology education. Currently, Dr. Keene is the senior education outreach manager in education at Wonder Workshop for the central United States. Prior to this, Dr. Keene was an Education Strategist for CDWG, Director of Technology, Instructional Technology Coach, K-5 Computer Teacher, and College Professor, as well as a 3rd grade, 1st grade, and kindergarten teacher.

Dr. Keene loves staying connected with educators through Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Periscope and other social media platforms and is thrilled to bring her expertise and research to thousands of schools across the nation. Dr. Keene is an MIEExpert, Remind Connected Educator, founder of #tntechchat and #edcampleadtn, and can be found in several well-known EdTech publications, blogs, and podcasts.


Dylan Portelance

Dylan Portelance is a product manager at Wonder Workshop, where he enjoys thinking and learning with educators about coding and robotics in K–8 classrooms. Previously, Dylan spent three years with the ScratchJr team leading design research teams and developing curriculum for young children. He also spent two years writing code for design studios creating data visualizations and web applications. A creative coding tutor and musician, he is always searching for new ways to bridge computing with the arts. Dylan earned his MA in child development and BS in computer science and music from Tufts University.


Join the Coding & Robotics K-8 community to network with educators, participate in online discussions, receive invitations to upcoming edWebinars, and view recordings of previous programs to earn CE certificates.

wonder workshopWonder Workshop creates engaging, hands-on learning tools, programming languages, and curriculum that bring STEM and coding to life for grades K-8. Robotics fosters critical thinking skills at an early age, encourages creativity, and turns students into makers rather than consumers. Wonder Workshop is the creator of the Dash and Dot robots. Let’s inspire students to be future leaders in technology. Find out more at


Wednesday, January 16, 2019
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST
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