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No Fear Coding

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.
  • Case studies and explorations of technology tools and resources to teach coding.

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.

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No Fear Coding

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.  This is an innovative way to demonstrate content knowledge and see mathematical processes in action.

No-Fear Coding shows K-5 educators how to teach young learners how to code by bringing it 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 code, the book features: classroom-tested lessons and activities designed for skills progression; ready-to-implement code teaching 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 young learners how to code.

“If you’re interested in , No Fear Coding is an excellent resource with a wide variety of strategies and activities that is also an incredibly approachable read, even for teachers who have no background in coding or computer science.” — EdTech Roundup

This book is part of the ISTE Computational Thinking and Coding in the Classroom Series.

The K-12 computer science framework provides a unifying vision to guide computer science from a subject for the fortunate few to an opportunity for all. The major themes within this framework focus on:

  • Equity. Issues of equity, inclusion, and diversity are addressed in the framework’s concepts and practices, in recommendations for standards and curriculum, and in examples of efforts to broaden participation in computer science education.
  • Powerful ideas. The framework’s concepts and practices evoke authentic, powerful ideas that can be used to solve real-world problems and connect understanding across multiple disciplines (Papert, 2000).
  • Computational thinking. Computational thinking practices such as abstraction, modeling, and decomposition intersect with computer science concepts such as algorithms, automation, and data visualization.
  • Breadth of application. Computer science is more than coding. It involves physical systems and networks; the collection, storage, and analysis of data; and the impact of computing on society. This broad view of computer science emphasizes the range of applications that computer science has in other fields.

No Fear Coding helps teachers put this all into practical use in the classroom.  There’s no guesswork left for teachers.

 

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