Coding:

What’s it all about?

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Seriously?! I’ve got too much to do already!

Why should my students spend time coding?

  • It’s a great way to develop problem-solving skills.
  • It’s a great way to engage students.
  • It’s a great way to develop social skills like cooperation and helping others.
  • It’s a great way to give students a sense of control over all of the “black box devices” that are such a big part of the modern world.
  • Some of the best jobs will involve understanding more about computers and about programming. A little coding experience helps students know if this is an area they might like to pursue.

It’s not the olden days!

Remember words! Remember syntax!

Drag & Drop!

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Scratch Jr.

(iPad)

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Unplugged!

A computer or iPad is NOT needed.

“Robot Turtles” Board Game: http://www.robotturtles.com/

https://www.ncwit.org/resources/computer-science-box-unplug-your-curriculum

(“Computer Science is as much about computers as Astronomy is about telescopes.”)

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Try These Two

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Give a Robot Life!

Wanna get farther into it? Including syntax?

https://codehs.com/ (AP computer science principles; free and paid plans)

https://code.org/educate/curriculum/high-school

https://www.codeschool.com/pricing (many languages; $20-$30/month)

https://girlswhocode.com/

https://www.codecademy.com/

https://www.khanacademy.org/computing

Tynker (costs money, but some great activities)

This, of course, was just a brief overview of what’s out there.

Thanks!

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