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Getting Started with Coding and Robotics in K–8 Classrooms

Monday, June 17, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

Getting Started with Coding and Robotics in K–8 Classrooms

Presented by Angie Kalthoff, Technology Integrationist, St. Cloud Area School District 742, MN; and Ann Bartel, Instructional Technology Specialist, Chilton Public Schools, WI
Hosted by Dylan Portelance, Product Manager, Wonder Workshop

Sponsored by Wonder Workshop

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Interested in integrating coding and robotics in your classroom instruction and don’t know where to begin? Thousands of educators are taking the leap and bringing STEAM and 21st century skills to young learners. Whether it’s the fundamental problem solving and self-expression of coding activities or the high student engagement and collaborative nature of robotics lessons, there are many benefits to weaving these technologies into ELA, math, science, social studies, and beyond. But without time and resources, how can you get started today?

In this edWebinar, a technology integrationist and an instructional technology specialist who began with no experience in coding and robotics shows you why they fell in love with coding and robotics, their lessons learned, and best practices for making a program work for you and your students. Hear their personal stories, discover relevant resources, and walk away with activities and lessons you can implement on your own. This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, technology integrationists, technology coaches, STEM/STEAM lab teachers, and makerspace teachers at all levels.


About the Presenters

Angie Kalthoff is a former English language (ELL) teacher and current technology integrationist for a large public school district in central Minnesota. She has a master’s degree in teaching and learning and is an advocate for computer science (CS) for all and a facilitator.


Ann Bartel is an instructional technology specialist for the School District of Chilton in Wisconsin. She started her teaching career as a gym (physical education) teacher and was bitten by the technology bug when spell check came out. In her current role, she supports teachers and students in their search of innovation and provides teachers with the PD they need to reach their goals. In addition, Ann says, “I could be on a poster that says, ‘Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks.’” She has presented at local, and state, conferences on a variety of topics and is a Google Certified Educator.


Dylan PortelanceAbout the Host

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.


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Wonder 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

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Monday, June 17, 2019
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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