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Computational Thinking and Coding for Every Student


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Foreword Preface Why This Book? Why Now? What to Expect A Note About Preparation Lights, Camera, Action! Acknowledgments About the Authors Part 1: Storyboarding Chapter 1. An Introduction to Computer Science Computer Science Is Within You An Introduction to Computational Thinking What Computer Science Is What Computer Science Is Not Chapter 2. Why Kids Should Have the Opportunity to Learn What Computer Science Really Teaches A Look Back It Would Be Irresponsible Not to Introduce Computer Science Part 2: Casting Call Chapter 3. Try Your Hand at Coding Time Well Spent Key Strategy: Pair Programming Teacher Warm-ups and Exercises Chapter 4. Getting Started in the Classroom Start Low-Tech Encourage Movement Foster Critical Consumption Protect Privacy and Prevent Cyberbullying Achieve Access Banish Anxiety Chapter 5. Dos and Don'ts of Teaching Computer Science 1. DON'T Expect to Be an Expert 2. DO Let Your Class Explore 3. DO Let Your Class Share 4. DO Give Kids Time to Move 5. DO Get Creative 6. DON'T Be a Bore 7. DO Relate Computer Science to Students' Lives 8. DON'T Expect Cookie-Cutter Results 9. DO Set Students up for Success 10. DO Treat CS as an Art 11. DO Give It a Try Part 3: In Production Chapter 6. Activities That Foster Computational Thinking Thinking Computationally Digging Deeper Into Computational Thinking Chapter 7. Decomposition Decomposition Resources Lesson Plan: Break It Down! Decomposition: Break It Up! Chapter 8. Pattern Recognition (With Pattern Matching) Pattern Recognition Resources Lesson Plan: Divine Patterns Chapter 9. Abstraction Abstraction Resources Lesson Plan: So Abstract Sample Stories Chapter 10. Automation Automation Resources Lesson Plan: Algorithms and Automation- A Compliment Generator A Last Word on Computational Thinking What's Next? Chapter 11. Activities That Foster Spatial Reasoning Spatial Abilities Tied to Success in STEM "Spatialize" Your Teaching Wrapping It Up Chapter 12: Making With Code Making Within STEAM Studies Design for Design Thinking "Freestyle" Making Part 4: Your Feature Presentation Chapter 13. Designing a Curriculum Continuum Across K-12 Chapter 14. Important Ideas Across All Grades Pair Programming Learning to Learn Resources at the Ready Equitable Practices Chapter 15. The Elementary Pathway Kindergarten and First Grade Second and Third Grades Fourth and Fifth Grades Out-of-School Learning in the Elementary Grades Elementary Computer Science Resources Curriculum: Build an Alligator! Chapter 16. The Middle School Pathway Out-of-School Time in the Middle Grades Middle School Computer Science Resources Curriculum: Create Your Own Fortune Chapter 17. The High School Pathway Out-of-School Time in High School High School Computer Science Resources Curriculum: Roll the Dice Chapter 18. Adapting Lessons for Your Class 1. The Lessons Are Only Suggestions 2. Adapt a Lesson for Younger Students 3. Adapt a Lesson for Older Students 4. Create a Lesson to Squeeze Into Other Curricula Chapter 19. What People Are Doing and How They Are Doing It Well Taking It to the Streets: Build Community Enthusiasm for Computer Science Testimonials Afterword: Opportunities Abound Discussion Guide Glossary References Index

About the Author

Jane Krauss is a teacher, author and consultant who does curriculum and program development designed to increase participation of girls and other underrepresented groups in computer science. She will gladly tell you why computational thinking is the fundamental literacy of our technical age! Jane also writes and offers professional development internationally around the topic of project-based learning with technology. With Suzie Boss, she is coauthor of Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real World Projects in the Digital Age (2nd ed., 2014, ISTE) and Thinking Through Project-Based Learning: Guiding Deeper Inquiry (2013, Corwin). In her free time, Jane enjoys dabbling in glasswork and mosaics, and keeps fit running and hiking on woodland trails just outside her door in Eugene, Oregon. Kiki Prottsman is Education Program Manager at Code.org and a former computer science instructor at the University of Oregon. As a member of Mensa and a past Chair of Women in Computer Science, she also writes for the Huffington Post and has graced the cover of Open For Business magazine. As a champion for responsible computing and equity in both CS employment and education, Kiki works with organizations to improve the experience of girls and women in STEM. Her landmark work with the hands-on Traveling Circuits computer science curriculum helped Thinkersmith receive the 2013 Google RISE Award for excellence in Science and Engineering. She currently sits on the Advisory Board for Wonder Workshop Robotics, and is a vital member of the Leadership team for the Oregon Girls Collaborative Project.


"Change in education and schooling comes in waves, and coding, computer science, and computational thinking represent the next very big wave. This very readable book will introduce teachers, parents and students to the future." -- Dr Neil MacNeill, PhD, EdD.
This book will help a lot of educators take their first steps toward bringing
high quality programming experiences to their students. It offers clear examples
and good strategies supported by research and best practices. -- Sylvia Martinez
Wondering whether this book is for you? Check out the "dos and don'ts" of
Chapter 5 and then take them to heart. I did! -- Dr. James Cohoon
This book is so clear and so encouraging. I recommend it to my Girls Excelling
in Math and Science (GEMS) leaders as we work to incorporate more
computer science into our activities. The authors present a comprehensive
introduction to computing in a way that's useful, readable, and fun. -- Laura Reasoner Jones

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