Week Six: What are the compelling arguments both for and against computer coding in schools?

Essential question: What are the compelling arguments both for and against computer coding in schools?

This week’s activities will help you to meet the following Course Objective: To demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to discover, analyze and evaluate the use of emerging technologies for education.

As well as meet the criterion from the rubric: 

Criterion Exceeds Met Needs Improvement
Gain basic understanding of the place of emerging technologies in education  NETS-C Images, video and written language indicates that students have gained expertise in the understanding of new technologies and evolving technologies. Images, video and written language indicates that students have engaged in and gained independent proficiency in the in the understanding of new technologies and evolving technologies. Little or no evidence presented that students have a basic working understanding of new technologies and evolving technologies.
Digital Communication NETS-C.3.g NETS-T-2008.4.d Clear and convincing evidence that the candidate used digital communication to engage in learning with his or her PLN. Some evidence that the candidate used digital communication to engage in learning with others. No evidence beyond narrative that the candidate used digital communication to engage in learning with others.
Promote Diversity NETS-C.5.c NETS-T-2008.4.d The candidate seeks out his or her colleagues and actively promotes a diversity of ideas by contributing to the learning of others over the week. The candidate is willing to promote a diversity of ideas by contributing to the learning of others over the week. The candidate does not seek out or contribute to the ideas of others, and instead operates independently.
Reflection NETS-C.6.c The candidate engages in a compelling reflection of the learning process and dispositions encountered in the previous week, and examines the manner in which this learning process furthers his or her professional practice. The candidate reflects on the learning process of the previous week, and examines the manner in which this learning will impact his or her professional practice. Little reflection is evident, or the candidate has not engaged in learning which will impact his or her professional practice.

 

Read and/or watch at least two of the following: 

All

The Hour of Code

Twenty Resources for Teaching Kids to Code

Fifteen-Plus Resources for Teaching Every Student to Code (even without a computer!)

Should we really try to teach everyone to code?

Secondary

Why High Schools should treat Computer Programming like Algebra

Three reasons coding should be a core subject

Using Coding to teach Algebra

Algebra and Computer Science

Elementary

Add Coding to your Elementary Curriculum…Right Now

Why Coding should be Taught in Elementary School

Coding in Elementary School: A growing trend

Kids who code

Video: 

Ted Talk: Let’s Teach Kids to Code

Please supplement this reading with two resources of your own choosing.

Blogging

Each week, students are expected to post a response to the Essential Question for the week.  Students then interact with others by making postings to their blogs and interacting in twitter. On Sunday, students are expected to post a reflection on their blog of the learning that they have encountered during the week. In Weeks Three, Seven and Eleven, these blogs will be graded.

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