Plan your Journey
1 Get to know your fellow travelers
A. Choose an object near you and share why it makes you happy.
"This picture makes me happy because my student drew it."
B. Share one hope or fear you have about this workshop.
"I'm afraid I'll fall behind and get lost."
C. What is one thing you're bringing with you on this journey?
"I'm bringing my 11 years of experience teaching Kindergarten."
2 Learn About your destination
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Make a happy or sad emoji.
Make a minion or a character you know well.
Make a self-portrait.
3 The Lay of the Land
Reflect on the activity you just experienced. What experiences would set your students up for success when they encounter something similar in 6th grade?
Algorithms & Programming
Impacts of Computing
4 Take a Day Trip
Apply what you know about loops to make a dance routine in Scratch Jr.
Find or design a concrete activity that fosters understanding of loops through an authentic experience.
Make a representation of a loop using items in your house.
Create a concept map to show what you know about loops.
Find or design an abstract activity that motivates learners to develop their own conceptions of loops.
Draw your own Concept Map before peeking!
5 Choose Your Mode of Transportation
6 Do Your Homework
Thank you for your feedback!
"My biggest takeaway from today is just how DOABLE it is to include computer science in the elementary classroom. After our initial task and reflection, I saw that much of the CS standards are easily embedded in other content skills, standards, and practice. I walked away feeling capable and inspired."
"I learned about how to code and use some scripts! I also really loved the teaching strategies I learned, in particular the "explain what you would've done" aspect of unfinished work."
"I LOVED collaborating with teachers at the elementary school level! I've attended workshops and conferences and there is such a small portion for elementary is not really mentioned. It was nice to talk about K-5 the entire day!!!"
"Today I learned a lot about computer science and the ability potential to integrate into TK-6 grades. I learned about coding and looping, and concept and semantic mapping. During our break-out sessions I learned about a number of online tools and applications I can download to help my school integrate more of these concepts and put them to practice!"