My Plan for K-5 Technology Classes
- What are your goals for your classroom?
I teach grades K-5. I have already introduced coding in some way to grades 1-5. At the minimum, they have done some Hour of Code activities. My current 3rd-5th graders have used Scratch to create animations. I have not taught all of the terminology and concepts in a cohesive way and that is what I want to accomplish by using the code.org CS Fundamentals.
I am currently on sabbatical, studying computer science resources so I can revamp curriculum. When I return to school in April, I plan to spend the rest of this school year using the code.org curriculum in grades K-5.
- What are you most excited about when it comes to implementing some of these resources?
I think I am most excited that the lessons are laid out for me and have all the resources (videos, ideas, etc) in one place. What a time saver that will be with planning! I am also excited to see how my students respond to the lessons.
- What challenges do you foresee in trying to meet your goals?
One of my challenges will be that grade level teachers will ask me to do something in computer class that fits into their curriculum, like have students create a presentation about ecosystems they are studying in 4th grade. While that is a worthwhile project, I sometimes feel like I have to put aside my technology goals. I will have to navigate carefully if that happens.
- What questions do you have that this community might help you answer?
One of our goals each year is a Student Learning Objective (SLO). Next year, I want to have a SLO about coding in one of the grades. The challenge is that they want us to use a standardized assessment as a pre test and post test. Standardized can be a commercially available assessment. I have yet to find something that is acceptable when it comes to tech skills. Does anyone know of a coding assessment that I might be able to use as a pre and post test?