Teaching Computer Science: Your Plans

I am thrilled to start the new innovative school year with the coding for grade 4 compacted mathematics. My goal is to expose all my students to the coding and all the resources during the math block. Getting time out of the math block would be challenging but not impossible. I can foresee students trying to skip the directions which I think are critical to learning. I have a question on how the teachers are utilizing this site to teach programming. How often?

My goals are for the second graders that I teach to hone their thinking skills code.org will help them with this because it challenges them to think logically.

I am most excited about the puzzles, because unlike other online resources, code.org shows them how to solve a problem instead of focusing only on the result.

One challenge I foresee in trying to meet my goals is the level of language fluency and in some cases the intellectual development of some of my students.

Are there any proven ways to differentiate the instruction or assessments?

I see lots of possibilities to use the code.org lessons and coding concepts to link to other subjects that we are already learning. We teach lots of how to solve word problems, and the problem solving steps would work the same way for a word problem and for a coding problem. The same is true of functions, if you understand how they work, then the same concept can be applied in math. Sequences are big in reading, and there is possibilities of connecting those principles too. So everything I was learning, I see the connections to things we already do in the classroom that these lessons would help strengthen that learning.
Challenges are finding things that are relatable for students, or students who still think this is too hard because they didn’t learn problem solving techniques and so have no idea how to persevere when things get tricky. I see the community being able to answer questions about how to use the classroom feature with my class and suggestions for how to get kids unstuck and help them keep trying until they get it.

I see connections to math problem solving that can be helpful. One opportunity is analyzing multi-step word problems, which is a similar to creating a code with multiple actions. These skills may be able to transfer and help students give close attention to the clues in the word problem.

As a library media specialist, I am hoping to integrate coding along with childrens literature. If anyone out there has any ideas and wants to pass them along I am open to all suggestions :slight_smile:

  • What are your goals for your classroom? How will CS or code.org resources help you meet those goals?

I would like to start a coding afterschool club for students in grades 3-5 to promote CS and build community amongst learners.

  • What are you most excited about when it comes to implementing some of these resources?

I am excited to try the unplugged resources to help students understand concepts. I am also looking forward to the creativity that will emerge.

  • What challenges do you foresee in trying to meet your goals?

I foresee finding a time to implement this will be an issue. I will be seeking help from administration.

  • What questions do you have that this community might help you answer?

None at this time.

My goal is to find ways for my special ed students to participate in meaningful ways. I am excited about getting students motivated and engaged. I think it will be challenging to find the time to fit everything in.

  • What are your goals for your classroom? How will CS or Code.org resources help you meet those goals?

My goal for my classroom this year is to plan out my plugged and unplugged lessons together rather than only focusing on one and then the other. I want to be more mindful of using the Code.org curriculum guide and resources.

  • What are you most excited about when it comes to implementing some of these resources?

I am most excited to see how my students collaborate and share their learning with the unplugged lessons. By being more consistent with these lessons I think they will have greater success on the plugged lessons.

  • What challenges do you forsee in trying to meet your goals?

One main challenge for meeting this goal will be to teach Code.org while also teaching/learning a new Science curriculum this year.

  • What questions do you have that this community might help you answer?

At the moment, my only question would be how do other 1st grade teachers plan out teaching Code.org? Do you suggest doing lessons each day or block scheduling lessons?

  • What are your goals for your classroom? How will CS or code.org resources help you meet those goals?

I teach 1st-8th grade computer science, with every grade level using some part of code.org! One of my goals this year is to teach CS Discoveries with maximum fidelity! I took the week-long professional development last month, and I can’t wait to get started!

  • What are you most excited about when it comes to implementing some of these resources?

I’ve never done any of the unplugged activities–looking forward to doing ALL of them in CSD and as many as possible with my other classes, to maximize student learning.

  • What challenges do you foresee in trying to meet your goals?

Time is my biggest challenge–I see my elem classes once a week for 40 minutes!

  • What questions do you have that this community might help you answer?

None right now–I look forward to coming back to this community and being an active participant!

I would like to introduce this as an after school activity or club. The students will need to use their own devices so I feel I would need to be capable on a few devices. As this is the first time teaching it I will have to have few practice sessions with friends and family to work out any kinks that might arise from a teaching perspective.

  • My goal is for my students to make progress in computer science, enjoy the course, and meet the goals set by the district.
  • I feel more confident this year than last in helping my students.
  • Sometimes students come to me needing help at a very specific skill/ lesson that I am not sure about it. I rely on other students to help out, so that can be a challenge.

Hello! everybody, my name is Afram Gabriel and I am from Ghana. I am a CS teacher at Sunyani Senior High School. I discovered code.org this school year and it has been my companion ever since. I started teaching my students with accelerated Introduction to Computer Science since they are High Scool students who are already taking lessons in Elective ICT. I saw the code.org curriculum as superb. Even though we use a common curriculum from the Ghana Education Service(GES), I decided to blend both curricula together. The GES curriculum is more theoretical as compared to the code.org curriculum, so I use the code.org curriculum for my lab activities. After I completed the Accelerated to Cs, I moved my students to the Intro to App Lab and then to CS Discoveries. We are currently in the last month of our school year for the 2018/2019 academic year. We are done with Unit 1 of the CS Discoveries, my students are currently working on their end of Unit projects. I must say code.org has helped me a lot and my students are always yearning to come to my lab to work on their activities. Even though our major problem here is slow internet connectivity and lack of computers. I employ pair programming at times to go around this problem. During blackout (no internet connectivity), I guide my students to work on their activities. Next academic year, I plan to move to Unit 2 of the CS Discoveries. Apart from my Elective ICT students, I have also started a CS club at my school. The students love the code.org curriculum, so I hope to continue with them in the coming school year. To solve the problem of inadequate computers in my lab, I have asked my students to bring either their tablets or laptops to school in the next academic year so I can keep them at the lab for their usage during CS lessons because my school rules do not allow students to use Tablets and laptops in School.
I am also a part-time lecturer at Valley View University where I teach courses in Programming. Many of the students I teach here are teachers offering a sandwich program in Information Technology. I have introduced the code.org curriculum to them and have tasked them to do the same in their individual schools. I think they are loving it because I get good feedback from them. In summary, your curriculum is second to none, Bravo!.

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In your dashboard did you set up a section for each class you see, or did you create 1 section per grade level?

  • What are your goals for your classroom? How will CS or code.org resources help you meet those goals?
    My goal is to show my students how to use coding, and why it is important to them in life. I think this will be a great program to use with my students, it will just be a matter of finding the time initially to get them into the program and show them how things work that they will be able to do things at an independent/partner level.
  • What are you most excited about when it comes to implementing some of these resources? I am excited for my students to learn something that relates to all the video games that they play. I am also excited for them to see that coding is used for things other than games as well.
  • What challenges do you forsee in trying to meet your goals? Time is going to be the biggest issue. I would like to use the program with my math classes and with only having a 75 minute block to do direct instruct and two centers, it is going to be a challenge to accomplish everything that I need/want to do.
  • What questions do you have that this community might help you answer? When do you find time to fit this program into your curriculum? Does your school do it school wide?
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I am thinking initially I am going to set up my students to work on Code.org as their independent work time and then go from there. I LOVE that everything is easy to follow and I can mix in the unplugged lessons on the days and classes that I am whole group teaching.

  • My goals for teaching CS through coding.org are to follow the curriculum they outlined this year and then over the following years as my students become familiar with it modify. I am most excited to introduce CS to my students because they have never done any coding like this in school. I think they will enjoy it and the skills they learn will carry over to other subjects.

What are your goals for your classroom?
I see coding as a way of promoting the following dispositions for my class being:

Resilience, perseverance, -perseverance, seeking alternative strategies, problem solving -Learning Pit philosophy.

How will CS or code.org resources help you meet those goals?
CS/code.org gives a real life context in which these dispositions can be observed, discussed and practised -apart from the amazing opportunity to code.

What are you most excited about when it comes to implementing some of these resources?
These resources give my learners a safe environment to be challenged and succeed and the talk about progress, strategies. Collaboration is also a very powerful tool and code.org provides opportunities for this.

What challenges do you foresee in trying to meet your goals?
My challenge is to ensure that coding is relevant and dynamic context for our learners. I am also continuing learning myself and celebrate progress and achievement of my learners and sharing my progress and achievement alongside them.

Goals for the classroom include a positive learning environment for all that is focused on 21st Century Skills, I want to use code.org to excite my students. My goal is to challenge my students but not to push them to frustration

El próximo año empezare a realizar con un curso el estudio de código en el aula. Lo realizare como una forma extender el contenido de la asignatura de tecnología. Me preocupa mucho el tiempo y asegurarme de que todos mis alumnos tengan el acceso que necesitan para completar las actividades, ya que Internet a veces funciona lentamente. Creo que los alumnos se entusiasmaran mucho con con la aplicabilidad del code.org Mi objetivo es que se inicien en las cs de la computación y comprendan el cómo aplicamos diversas estrategias de la programación en la vida diaria.
Me gusto la estrategia de navegar entre pares, donde uno sea el conductor y otro sea el navegante, como una estrategia de colaboración y trabajo cooperativo, generando interacciones y el respeto entre pares. Solo me preocupa el acceso que necesitan para completar las actividades, ya que Internet a veces funciona lentamente y solo tienen un periodo semanal, por lo que espero puedan terminar sus trabajos en una clase.

  • What are your goals for your classroom? How will CS or code.org resources help you meet those goals?
    Mi objetivo es que mis estudiantes adquieran las habilidades necesarias para el futuro laboral con el que se encontraran. Donde la creatividad y la capacidad de resolver problemas de forma creativa serán esenciales para el desarrollo de cualquier actividad.

  • What are you most excited about when it comes to implementing some of these resources?
    La facil aplicacion de lor recursos a cualquier nivel, clase o asignatura. Las modificaciones necesarias son pocas, ya que el fundamento sobre la cual se construyen es transversal.

  • What challenges do you foresee in trying to meet your goals?
    Trabajar las ciencias de la computación con estudiantes que no tienen una cultura digital desde pequeños. Lo que implica que se deben desarrollar procesos en poco tiempo.

  • What questions do you have that this community might help you answer?
    Por el momento ninguna, pero es seguro que cuando las tenga, voy a recorrer todos los hilos para encontrar la respuesta

gracias.