My initial goals for our new K-2 CS program are to establish Rituals & Routines for CS, initiate lessons to introduce devices (focus on iPad), highlight Cyber Security and follow Code.org lesson plans.
I'm so excited to begin this journey as it will so benefit the students as it stimulates higher-order thoughts and will prepare them for the future. Personally, I'm stoked to step out of the structured K classroom and bring the excitement of CS to our little ones!
Challenges always relate to devices; our first generation iPads have held-up thus far. They are strong little machines which should hold on. The internet is the internet...hopefully we can work some magic with a booster?! As I will be going class-to-class, everything must run like clockwork with lessons and probably a pair-share format. Concern for required differentiation within lessons requires some strategic planning. I was concerned about Second Grade as they have had no CS exposure; however, after running through the unplugged and (all) plugged coding, (So far, I've coded over 4000 lines and earned the student A-D certs!) I feel confident that they will catch-on quickly; I find the sequential lessons student and ability-level friendly. The more I write Block Code, the more comfortable I feel to teach and Code.
I'd thank the Forum for information regarding setting-up a class-to-class mobile unit! Some days I will dance down the hall with the iPad cart. Other days, I will have my Unplugged Cart….