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Computer Science in Early Learning with LEGO® Education
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Presented by Dr. Leanna Prater, Solution Engineer, LEGO® Education
Hosted by Jennifer Rodabaugh, STEAM Teacher, Picadome Elementary and LEGO® Education Master Educator
Sponsored by LEGO® Education
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Looking to bring coding to your youngest students in a big way? Watch this edWebinar for a learning experience with LEGO® Education to explore how to expose young students to computer science topics through incorporating creativity, inquiry, and collaboration in early childhood instruction to build important foundations for student learning. Teachers will feel confident with terms like loop and switch when they are physical and therefore, the students will learn vocabulary and have a hands-on approach that solidifies the concepts. This recorded edWebinar explores building early coding and its vocabulary while developing problem-solving skills, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration.
This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to teachers, librarians, and school leaders of PreK – 3 grade levels.
About the Presenter
Dr. Leanna Prater serves as a solution engineer at LEGO® Education. In this role, she helps provide content area expertise, thought leadership, and strategic solutions to support activities specific to the instructional goals and program needs of LEGO Education customers. Prior to joining LEGO® Education, she taught in the elementary grades and served as a district technology resource teacher for Fayette County Public Schools in Lexington, KY. She currently serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown College where she teaches a graduate class on coding for teachers. Leanna holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from the University of Charleston, a Master of Arts in education/gifted education from Georgetown College, and a Doctorate of Education in curriculum and administration with a focus on instructional systems design from the University of Kentucky. As an advocate for STEM and computer science for all, she supports classroom teachers and students in areas such as robotics and creative computing and helps organize Scratch Educator meetups in her area.
About the Host
Jennifer Rodabaugh has been teaching in various capacities for over 19 years. She has an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi in elementary and special education. She earned her Master’s degree from the University of Arizona. She has been a classroom teacher for all grades from Kindergarten-third grade. 7 years ago, she left the classroom to turn her school’s science special area lab into a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) lab. Last year, she moved to a new campus to turn her second elementary lab into a STEAM lab. Jennifer has been LEGO® Education Master Educator for the past 2 years.
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LEGO® Education offers hands-on, playful STEAM learning experiences based on the LEGO® system of bricks, hardware, software, and content for students and their teachers in early learning, primary, and secondary education as well as through after-school programs and competitions. These solutions create an environment for active, collaborative learning where students build skills for their future, a lifelong love for learning, and confidence in their ability to learn and solve problems, setting them up for lifelong success