Showing posts from January, 2016

Computer Scientists, Elementary Style

When you think of a computer scientist what image comes to mind? Do you picture someone super smart? A bit geeky?  Male or female? Happy or serious? See what our Kindergarten through fifth graders thought!

Little Learners In December after Hour of Code Coonley coding classes began.  As participants in CPS' CS4All pilot program I co-teach's curriculum to our K-5 students (grades 6-8 are incorporated into existing science and math classes).  There are two courses for beginners; course 1 for Kindergarten & 1st grade students and course 2 for students in grades 2-5.  Both courses begin with "unplugged" activities (offline). Course 1 for our little learners began with some basic directional activities where students cut and pasted cardinal directions to "Move the Flurb" to a piece of fruit.  Since our little learners had already participated in the Hour of Code I found these lessons to be far too simple- students played Kodable which already put the…