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The question or topic being explored:
|How do we start?|
Chrome books, using google chrome, we do slides and doc’s does that count for what everyone is calling coding? Or is this something different?
ED tech is not computer science, computer science is much more intentional with a different type of structure.
The approach is what is different, Stanford 101 is a good place to start. They really lay out what computer science should be.
|Most everything will be web based?|
Concern if everything is moving to chrome OS, then they will not be able to do what we need them to do. What do we need them to do as far as purchasing?
Need something better than chrome book, I need basic dell computers.
Virtual sessions on the chrome OS. So they can do anything on a chrome book. Laptops can be supplemental for other projects. Talk to your IT. There are other options.
Chrome OS, oracle has virtual box, that can run on your hardware. You want to create an app on iOS, but you have a chrome book, but there are ways around it. Ask your IT department.
You can teacher computer science and computational thinking without technology.
Code HS, online learning module is free. Can buy premium. You need basic internet connection. Self- paced.
What did you do ahead of time before you rolled it out? Mindset. Computational thinking and computer science is a mindset.
Code.org has a lot of stuff for entry point. You don’t have to know it before you teach it. Give yourself permission to learn with kids.
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CT Scan article about computational thinking and critical thinking.
Start simple with the basics, Kahn academy and code.org. It’s a process, like any type of change. Just dip your toes in because it’s intimidating.
How might we push the change in mindset? How do we get the whole team on board? They need to see it. Code.org boot camp kind of demystifies it. Once a month on Saturdays.
There is so much out there and it can be overwhelming. Sounds like there are a lot of great resources.
One of the unplugged activities, is decision trees. Red and black playing cards. You have criteria, you are in teams, you add up points. Computational thinking. Logical steps.
Big Idea, introducing more of the 21st century skills, with inquiry, having a space for kids to innovate. Giving them a step up before college.
To prepare staff, let them know coding will do with students, prepare students for collaboration and problem solving.
Computational thinking is the structure. Goes along with mindset. Think critically outside of the box. Not to stop with what you traditionally done.
Mindset requires vision and why we are doing it. Why does it matter to students? Then I can communicate it to my staff.
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Free resources course era. Entry level computer science courses.
Is there anyone who has started? We have make our spaces, where students are running code backwards. Using an intact code and changing variables. We do engage NY as math curriculum and they have a couple lessons that are based on computer science.
There is instant satisfaction when they get their code to work
An hour of code is difficult when you don’t have something to lead into it.
Any schools that let the students check out chrome books? Kids show up on first day of school, they have a form, if they want insurance they can get that, they are assigned and in possession of chrome book at all time. Teachers are not checking in and out. Each year the students check out the same device. Some parents do not want child to take it home and they charge it overnight in the library.