Look around your tech filled world. Beyond the screen used to read this blog, technology and the computer science behind it is in everything we do. We can help students not only understand this world through computer science education; we can lead them to design and innovation. The goal of computer science is to teach your brain new, general purpose, and widely applicable ways to think. The concepts are applicable to everyone and help students think in ways that apply across content areas.
What does it look like?
How can we start this foundation early?
Code.org, Tynker, and CodeSpark Academy all have free and approved curricular resources to use in the elementary classroom. Although students can lead this learning, here are some ways to dive in for your own learning:
Try this 2-day virtual workshop through mindSpark Learning:
Code.org Computer Science Curriculum/Robotics
Over 80% of Jeffco Elementary schools have had teachers attend this learning and 35 schools have received Robotic kits from the Gill Foundation!
Ready to Learn on Your Own?
TRY THESE ASYNCHRONOUS LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES:
Teaching CS Fundamentals
Teaching CS Fundamentals K-5 is intended as an introduction to Computer Science Fundamentals and the Code.org K-5 resources for elementary teachers. Through reading, viewing videos, completing interactive puzzles and reflecting on your learning, you'll develop your own understanding while preparing to teach computer science in your classroom.
No previous experience with coding or computer science education is assumed. This is a beginner's course.
Brand New Robot Modules!
Checkout a robot to take home and learn in these modules!
Get to Know Dash and Dot! In this self- paced asynchronous course, you will learn by doing! After checking out a Dash robot kit (including Dash, Dot, accessories, and challenge cards), learn what these sassy and mighty robots can do and how to incorporate computer science thinking and problem solving into your classroom.
Just want to focus on coding?
Ready for something more advanced? These tools are approved and have free tutorials:
Popfizz Computer Science is created for Middle and High School teachers and students. With hundreds of exercises, auto-grading features, and step-by-step tutorials, learners are able to progress from basics to Advanced Placement Computer Science.