No Fear Coding: Computational Thinking Across the Curriculum

No Fear Coding: Computational Thinking Across the Curriculum

by Heidi Williams


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No Fear Coding: Computational Thinking Across the Curriculum by Heidi Williams

Coding and computational thinking are among the skills that will serve students well in the future. Coding goes beyond websites and software; it is an essential component in finding solutions to everyday problems. Computational thinking has many applications beyond the computer lab or math class. It teaches reasoning, creativity and expression, and is an innovative way to demonstrate content knowledge and see mathematical processes in action.

No-Fear Coding shows K-5 educators how to bring coding into their curriculum by embedding computational thinking skills into activities for every content area. At the same time, embedding these skills helps students prepare for coding in the middle grades as they build their knowledge.

To help teachers easily and effectively introduce coding, the book features: classroom-tested lessons and activities designed for skills progression; ready-to-implement coding exercises that can be incorporated across the curriculum; alignment to ISTE and Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) standards; and case studies and explorations of technology tools and resources to teach coding.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781564843876
Publisher: International Society for Technology in Education
Publication date: 07/14/2017
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 263,963
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Heidi Williams is a passionate coding and computational thinking advocate. Her over 25 years of experience in education include serving as language, science and mathematics teacher for grades 6-8, as well as roles as a differentiation specialist, technology integration specialist, instructional coach, gifted and talented coordinator, elementary principal and K-8 director of curriculum. Williams has shared her passion for integrating coding into the curriculum at local, state, regional and national conferences, and many have leveraged her expertise for conference presentations, coding coaching, professional development and K-12 scope and sequence alignment of computer science skills throughout the curriculum.

Table of Contents

Foreword viii

Introduction: The Industrial Model of Education Must Change 1

Part 1 Coding and Computational Thinking 6

Chapter 1 Why Should K-5 Educators Teach Coding? 8

Chapter 2 Coding = Computational Thinking 16

Chapter 3 How Does Coding Fit into Curriculum? 22

Chapter 4 What Teaching Coding Looks Like 31

Part 2 Engaging Young Coders with Bee-Bots 42

Chapter 5 Why Teach with Bee-Bots? 44

Chapter 6 How to Teach with Bee-Bots 49

Chapter 7 Bee-Bots in the Classroom-Case Studies 60

Part 3 Introduce Coding with 64

Chapter 8 Why Introduce Students to Coding with 66

Chapter 9 How to Use within the Curriculum 69

Chapter 10 in the Classroom-Case Studies 85

Part 4 Incorporate Scratch Across the Curriculum 92

Chapter 11 Why Teach Coding and Computational Thinking with Scratch? 94

Chapter 12 How to Teach Using Scratch 99

Chapter 13 Scratch Projects Across the Curriculum 107

Part 5 Coding and Beyond 120

Chapter 14 Create Real-World Experiences with ARIS 122

Conclusion 130

References 133

Appendix A ISTE Standards for Students 138

Appendix B Standards for Mathematical Practice 142

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