We are excited about your interest in taking this online course from Educational World and Worlds of Making. Below you will find a brief course description, the instructor's biography, and course FAQ's. We estimate that this course will take 4 hours to complete. Once you have completed it, you may request the 4 hours of Professional Development towards your teacher licensure re-certification. Use the one page description sheet below to share it with your administrators to make sure you can use this towards your Professional Development/Licensure plan. We hope you will find this course valuable and enjoyable. If you have any questions please email us at "firstname.lastname@example.org".
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Did you know that coding is part of the Maker Movement?
Coding has never been more accessible and applicable to all ages than it is now! Resources in this course are at low to no cost, and include a mix of online/offline activities. This multi-media platform with guide educators with NO CODING SKILLS AT ALL to be confident and comfortable helping students learn how to code!
Target Audience: Activities are designed for a variety of grade levels, but are best suited for the Pk-8 environment including classroom teachers, after school professionals, library media specialists and camp counselors.
Course Purpose: The purpose of this e-course is to equip educators with the information and skills they need in order to get started with coding with students. Through a series of lessons and tasks, participants will gain the skills necessary to facilitate coding clubs, integrate coding, or host your own Hour of Code!
Course Description: Coding has never been more accessible and applicable to all ages! Thanks to block based coding languages such as Scratch, students and teachers can learn to code in a safe and easy environment.
Connect with people from all over the world to code robotics, machines, games and a wide array of digital maker projects, build your knowledge base and confidence here! This course will guide educators with NO CODING SKILLS AT ALL to be confident and comfortable helping students learn computational thinking, problem solving, and computer code in a variety of languages and formats.
Course Goals: The information provided in this course will teach you the following.
You will learn:
• Gain a basic understanding of what is meant by ‘Coding’.
• To explore “unplugged” coding games, activities, and resources available to you and your students.
• Learn how to begin coding with young learners.
• Explore self-paced courses that are available for students to help them gain exposure to the fundamentals of computer science.
• Demystify the basic concepts surrounding robotics.
• Unpack the term gamification and how it related to coding.
Learning Materials: Through a series of lessons and tasks, participants will gain the skills necessary to facilitate coding clubs, integrate coding, or host your own Hour of Code! Resources in this course are low-cost/no-cost, and include a mix of online/offline activities. Additional reading materials will also be a part of the course. All materials will be housed in the online course module and available for download.
Technology Needed to Complete: You will need a computer with an updated browser to complete the course. In addition, you will need a working and valid email address.
Access to Children: You will need access to students to complete this course, or a small group, in order to receive your microcredential.
Barbara Johnson is a Library Media Specialist at Jack Jackter Intermediate School, in Colchester, CT, teaching grades 3-5. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Computer Educators of CT Association and the CT Association of School Librarians, and is the Chairperson for the CT Digital Library Advisory Board. She has most recently joined EBSCO Information Services on their K-12 School Library Advisory Board and has been recognized as the 2016 CT Library Program of the Year.
Barbara has a 3 year old Makerspace, that includes self directed activities and collaborative projects.
Worlds of Making
This course is part of the Worlds of Making Courses
Every child has the right to invent, tinker, create, innovate, make and do. Worlds of Making aims to provide professional learning experiences for educators who want to create makerspaces that are unique, meaningful and relevant to their school communities.