Teaching Computer Science: Your Plans

I have moved into a new position as an instructional technology coach. I have participated in Hour of Code as a teacher, but I am looking forward to using the lessons and courses to coordinate more computer science and coding opportunities for all grades in my new school. I know that I will face some challenges as we are in remote learning and many of the teachers in my school do not want to do anything extra even if they don’t have to do any prep work. I’m hoping to do small things here and there and eventually work up to do lessons with an actual learning pathway.

Goals for the classroom is for students to see that everything we do has an algorithm of some sort behind it. Reminding students often that a code is ‘if -> then’ helps them to see that coding is not some random stuff that they are being taught, but is a life skill that might turn into a lifetime passion and/or career.
When using these resources, I get excited when I see students engaged in the learning, but more so when I hear their responses to their learning and their own excitement. These tools will not only lead to understanding and practice, but students will remember the learning and due to the hands-on explorations, their recall will be much greater.
Challenges may include stepping away from required standards in the main content area to either combine coding or making sure it gets implemented with fidelity. Tying this to main content lessons and activities creates a broader scope and spectrum for student learning, but more importantly, students are making connections that they can carry through their lives.
None at the point ~ this has been comprehensive and well done. I very much appreciate the short video clips that guided my learning.

I would like to use code.org in my room to introduce this to students and spark an interest in computer science while helping them with problem solving skills that are useful in all sorts of areas of life. I am excited to give the students something different and fun to work on. I see available time being a challenge as I am a general education teacher and have to cover all subjects in my day. Are there any other general education elementary teachers that have a way of breaking the lessons up to fit them into your day that has worked well for you?

I am not sure how to make it work with my position as a Literacy Specialist, but I do plan to share this with the classroom teachers that I work with. I would also like to see if there is a way I could possibly provide an afterschool opportunity for students. I have absolutely loved this experience!!!

The goal I have for my classroom is to begin showing students a whole new world open to them if they choose to go the route of using computer science somehow in their adult life. I am most excited about seeing their reactions when they are successful in programming a code to do something specific and have it work successfully. I am also excited to see all of the other skills associated with coding blossom even more.

Some of the challenges I have right now are that my students are currently virtual and many do not have any form of device at home that they can work through lessons on, so I believe I may have to wait until we return to in-person learning to begin working in code.org. Another challenge I have is that students are supposed to social distance, and not share materials right now due to COVID-19 as well, and this may make some of the unplugged and pair programming lessons difficult to teach to my students.

My plan for this semester is to choose 2 classes of different ages and teach an unplugged lesson to each. Next semester, I plan to implement teaching a full course to each of my students grades 2-5 and a few unplugged lessons to K-1.

  • ¿Cuáles son sus metas para su salón de clases? ¿Cómo CS o code.org los recursos le ayudan a alcanzar esos objetivos?
    Mi metas es lograr enseñar a mis alumnos (profesores) las estrategia de uso de las ciencias de la computación para que ellos logren aplicar estas estrategias con sus alumnos.
  • ¿Qué es lo que más le entusiasma cuando se trata de implementar algunos de estos recursos?
    La posibilidad de que los alumnos sean actores principales en sus aprendizajes adquiriendo habilidades que de otra forma sería muy complejo.
  • ¿Qué desafíos prevé al tratar de alcanzar sus metas?
    Seguir avanzando y profundizando en las estrategias y que ver el desarrollo de esta estrategias en los profesores guiaré en este camino.
  • ¿Qué preguntas tiene que esta comunidad podría ayudarlo a responder?
    me pregunto que viene despues, ¿cual es el nexo entre lo visual y lo textual?
  • ¿Cuáles son tus objetivos para tu clase? ¿Cómo te ayudarán los recursos de Ciencias de la Computación o code.org a alcanzar esos objetivos?
    Poder entregar los conocimientos adquiridos a un grupo de educadores y que le permitan obtener mejores resultados con sus alumnos.

  • ¿Qué es lo que más te entusiasma cuando se trata de implementar algunos de estos recursos?
    Que pueda ser algo más interactivo e innovador al momento de interactuar con los alumnos en clases.

  • ¿Qué desafíos prevés al tratar de alcanzar tus objetivos?
    Que los educadores logren comprender la Ciencia de la Computación y poder implementarla de la mejor manera en sus aulas

  • ¿Qué preguntas tienes que esta comunidad podría ayudarte a responder?
    Conocer Procedimientos al momento de la implementación

As a newer K-8 STEM teacher who is novice at coding, I look forward to working with my STEM team of teachers (3 out of 5 of us are in this cohort) to incorporate code.org into our virtual teaching this year. What better way to engage our students and get them thinking. I’m excited at all the resources available on code.org and feel a little more confident in teaching coding now.

I plan on using Code.org with my fourth and fifth grade students. I am starting with Course E because my current fifth grade students didn’t complete Course E last school year.

This is my first year as a STEM teacher, and my first exposure to coding. I am excited to work with my STEM team and figure out a way to teach some of this remotely. Code.org is full of resources, and I can’t wait to explore them all.

My plan is to use this as an Early Finisher activity. Since we are online right now it would give them a chance to go through this at their speed. Being a gen ed teacher it is hard to really teach this but I do have some higher level students would love this program. I can’t wait to see what they create during a time of rest and having fun with computers.

My goals for teaching computer science are to help teach my students problem-solving skills in a fun way. I also want to know that it is okay to make mistakes. I want them to learn how to work together, developing their collaboration skills. I want my students who have learning challenges to know that you don’t have to have a gifted level of intelligence to understand and practice computer science.

I am most excited about implementing these resources because the skills that my students learn can help them outside the classroom.

The challenges I see are faulty technology (laptops and Internet access) and challenges with student collaboration, due to school closures.

At this time, I have no questions, but I am sure questions will arise as I teach this program.

*I am a first grade gen-ed teacher. This is only my second year teaching and I would love to bring new ideas and technology into my classroom. CODE activities would be a fun thing to add on our “practice” / “catch-up” days while learning virtually for students to explore and create at their pace.

  • There are lots of great resources including videos of the lessons being taught. As a young teacher and new to the computer science field, I can learn a lot from watching someone else teach the lessons first.

  • Some challenges to I foresee is introducing this site and set up virtually since I won’t be able to introduce it in person. It could be very overwhelming for my first graders and their families.