Teaching Computer Science: Your Plans

I would like to incorporate the lessons to coordinate with math problem solving skills and introducing students to computer science through coding. I am excited that I can explore the possibilities of this program with my students, experiencing the learning as a learner. I also am excited to open a discussion of careers in science to minority students. The only challenge I see is getting my students to see that science can be for them too, that they are more than capable of having careers not only in science but a variety of other fields. I don’t have questions right now, I am sure as I go through the learning process, I will certainly rely on the support of the community!

I want to prepare my students to be 21st century learners. Along with them, I want to incorporate coding into other subjects to make it more relevant to all learners. It is an exciting way to keep students engaged and provide another outlet to demonstrate their coding abilities.
I am excited to see the level of engagement students will have in these activities. They already enjoy being on the Chromebooks and giving them another activity to add to their toolbox will help students expand on the skills coding provides to improve their abilities overall. Through various coding trainings, I know I can gain more knowledge as students experience hurdles in their learning.

I plan to implement computer science into my classroom more this upcoming year. I will have weekly scheduled lessons. This way the students can plan and prepare along with looking forward to the lessons.
My goals for my classroom are to have my students come up with games and add to them weekly. I am excited about teaching the students about coding at such a young age and having lesson plans and videos from this group available to use. Challenges will be not having access to computers and not having time allotted in our schedule for computer science.

I teach both 4th and 5th grade. My school has a STEM lab. So after all of this awesome learning I’m left with questions that I need to collaborate with my team to answer. Questions I’m pondering:

  • Should we separate 4th and 5th graders to teach the CS curriculum? Or should we teach Course E this year and Course F the next and create a rotation?

  • Are these ideas that are supplemented and applied during student STEM lab time or are students learning these ideas during STEM lab? In other words do we need an additional time outside of STEM to teach CS curriculum?

  • What are your goals for your classroom? How will CS or code.org resources help you meet those goals?
    As a Media Specialist, I plan to introduce coding to all six grades (K-5) this year.
  • What are you most excited about when it comes to implementing some of these resources?
    I think the students will be super engaged with these lessons, as they love an opportunity to get on their ChromeBooks.
  • What challenges do you foresee in trying to meet your goals?
    It will be challenging to schedule all the lessons for all the grades, as well as doing the Common Sense Media lessons and reading the nominated Black Eyed Susan books.
  • What questions do you have that this community might help you answer?
    I am certain I will need support with moving through the range of lessons for all the grades while attending to other Library Media business.

My goals for my classroom are to run one of the age appropriate programs for my students. I teach 1st grade so I would implement one of those courses. I also want to do the unplugged lessons because I think they would be fun for them and help them to understand the coding concepts. I would use the code.org website to assign a program to my students and create logins for them. I am most excited about seeing how students learn coding, seeing their excitement and actually understanding it as a result of this course that I took. A challenge I see would be implementing this in distance learning if we have to. The sharing and teamwork that students would do as a class would be more challenging online. If we are in person, social distancing will make it difficult for students to share devices and work together. A question I have is what ideas do you have for implementing these courses in distance learning with young learners (1st grade)?

My goals for the classroom with coding is to help all my students become comfortable with digital learning and using computers. I want my students to know more on computer science and the careers that they can pursue in the future to guide them on their learning journey. I would also love to have my students use their creativity with coding and creating their own coding sequences that reflect their learning with the code.org lessons.

I am most excited about implementing an emphasis on creating coding and how the students can use their coding sequence. I would also want the students to feel more comfortable using the technology they have and learning more about how to use it to show their creativity. With coding, I feel that students can become more excited about how to use technology to help them create something that could reflect their interests and who they are.

The challenges that I see to meet my goals would be beginning to use coding from a distance with our virtual learning. I would want to introduce certain aspects to help all my students feel comfortable with using the technology they have. It is difficult to do that while the students are not with me. I would want to make sure they have a device and a connection where we could use the coding lessons that they will engage it.

One question that I have is how teachers plan on using the coding lessons from a distance. I would want to know the plan you have on introducing these concepts and how you plan on having the students engage in these lesson in a virtual classroom setting.

  • In 3 weeks, we will be having a summer camp offered by our school to all students remotely. I have offered to teach a Coding course, and all students grades 3-5 are welcomed to attend. The Summer camp will be 3 weeks long, with 1 hour sessions every day. I will be offering synchronous and asynchronous tasks form them. During the synchronous times, I will be teaching them using non-technology based activities, that tie into specific skills such as conditionals, and sequencing to help them understand the thinking process needed.

Hi, I will be teaching a Computer Science specials class this year and I plan on using Code.org as a starting place for my Kindergarten through 2nd grade students this coming year, 2020-2021. The instructions are simplistic and encouraging for my younger students. They are well sequenced and will give a great foundation to the beginning of understanding Computer Science.
Michelle

My goal is to use Code.org as part of my computer science instruction in my K-5 exploratory class. I will create class sections so that students are able to login and their progress is recorded. I love that the courses are sequenced and build understanding of computer science even for young children.

My goal is to get more familiar with Code.org so that I am able to introduce and teach my kindergarten students and assist our specials teacher with coding in kindergarten. There will be a huge learning curve with 5 year old students but it will be fun learning with them. I do not have much experience with any coding program but I enjoyed using Blockly.

I would like to introduce the resources and activities in Code.org to my students to get them excited about computer science. I love that all the resources here for teachers and students are very easy to understand and user friendly.

  • What are your goals for your classroom? How will CS or code.org resources help you meet those goals? This will be my first year teaching computer science. My goal is to use the code.org to design engaging and efficient lessons that my students enjoy and to help them see the connections to the other disciplines.

  • What are you most excited about when it comes to implementing some of these resources? I am excited to do the unplugged activities and to see students then extend and use them for coding in Code Studio.

  • What challenges do you foresee in trying to meet your goals? Completing courses and the rest of the curriculum. Balancing CS, robotics, STEAM activities and the PYP. I can see connections between the 3 but I still need to put the puzzle together.

  • What questions do you have that this community might help you answer? None right now. I have a lot of information to process at this point. If anyone else is in a PYP school and would like to share how they fit CS into their POI, I’d love to hear it and exchange ideas.

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I am really excited about using these lessons to teach coding and computer science, but also to help structure of community of learning. A community that learns together, asks questions, struggles with concepts, and ultimately learns!
I am excited to use the parallel learning strategy with other content areas too. The idea of a driver and a navigator is one that I rely on as an adult (although I didn’t name the strategy until I watched the video) while I am learning something new in the classroom or trying something out. I want a colleague to help navigate - so why wouldn’t our learners what the same thing?
Very excited about the possibilities for next year, remote or in person - coding will be so great.

My goal is to offer my students material outside of the regular curriculum that I think they will find exciting and useful. Using code.org is they way to achieve that goal. I am very excited to implement more instruction on coding as it is also a part of another program that I use for assessment. I would like to know how other 2nd grade teachers are using the program in their online classrooms during the pandemic.

I love the playfulness that is infused in the Code.org curriculum. We all could use some learning that is fun while also challenging. I’m excited to see if my students catch the spark of individual discovery as they work through the activities! However, as a Librarian, I only see students once a week for about 10-20 minutes of actual teaching time. Has anyone tried teaching these courses in very tight time constraints? Any tips for keeping everyone moving forward?

This class was my very first exposure to coding. I really appreciated how the class took something that seems like a big and scary study and presented it in very manageable steps. It is a program I would be excited to bring into my classroom.

To my knowledge there is no CS that is happening at our school. Since I teach K-2, it would be a perfect place to intrude CS studies into the school with the hopes that the students could continue as they grow in their education.

I am most excited that the curriculum is so clear. I feel like it will be very understandable by the students. The platform is very fun as well, so I have no doubt that there will be great student engagement.

The biggest challenge I foresee in my classroom is a lack of computers. As of now, I only have one computer allocated to my classroom. Teaching in a rural school in Alaska, we do not have much technology available in the school, and what we do have is largely allocated to the older students.

I would be interested if the program is designed to work on mobile devices as well.

My goal for my classroom is to teach computing skills and increase my students’ confidence with coding and technology. Code.org will help because it introduces coding in a fun and engaging way, with lessons I can use to teach the class. I’m excited about watching my students have fun and discover all the different things they can make their characters do with their coding skills. Some of the more advanced concepts for fourth and fifth grade got difficult for me. I got mixed up trying to get the sprite to turn and draw triangles using variables and loops. I expect my students to get confused and frustrated. I will let them work with partners to try to build their confidence. I am wondering if everyone is choosing to start their fifth graders with lesson F, or if you are going to start them with the lower lessons if this is their first exposure to computer programming.

I am teaching code for the first time. My plan is to keep learning through the summer - next I will do the activities I plan to give to my grade 8 students to make sure I’m confident enough to help them. I appreciate the videos etc that explain things much more clearly than I can yet. I also have a colleague from whom I can get support, and now lots of resources here too. Thanks for the very clear introduction.

We have been using Bootup PD and scratch.com for the last three years. I feel that I have a good handle on it, am increasing my ability to provide quality instruction, I’m getting better at connecting it to other subjects, and my students enjoy it.

The code.org course has exposed me to some different aspects of coding. I especially enjoyed the game playing aspect that many of the lessons had. There were some lessons that I really struggled to understand. I appreciated that the course pushed me in understanding and had to try and fail several times to get it right. That will help me better help my students.