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From Consumers to Creators: Coding, Computational Thinking and Kindergarten

Location: W190a

Listen and learn

Listen and learn : Lecture

Wednesday, June 27, 1:00–2:00 pm
Location: W190a

Isaiah Cabeen   Jessica Cabeen   Rachel Kaplan   Amy Learn  
The elementary years are full of discovery and inquiry, and are a place to grow sparks in our youngest learners. This session will give an overview of how a kindergarten center has found creative ways to innovated the way we learn, work and play.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Early childhood/elementary
Grade level: PK-2
Subject area: ESL
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Collaborate and co-learn with students to discover and use new digital resources and diagnose and troubleshoot technology issues.
For Students:
Computational Thinker
  • Students formulate problem definitions suited for technology-assisted methods such as data analysis, abstract models and algorithmic thinking in exploring and finding solutions.
For Administrators:
Visionary Leadership
  • Inspire and facilitate among all stakeholders a shared vision of purposeful change that maximizes use of digital age resources to meet and exceed learning goals, support effective instructional practice, and maximize performance of district and school leaders.
Additional detail: Student presentation
Related exhibitors: Seesaw , Sphero , Osmo , Ozobot , littleBits , Wonder Workshop

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Educators need…
Hands-on opportunities to play with technology before teaching with it. 
Develop confidence to jump in and get started to learn how and why to use technology. 
Provide access to evidence based practices and examples of effective practice 


Participants will have an opportunity to interact with the following tools and activities:

· Unplugged and Plugged In activities that support classroom learning. (30% of session)

· Ways to incorporate computational thinking in developmentally-appropriate based activities. (30% of session)

· Think like a programmer activities that utilize materials that can be found in the classroom or at home. (30% of session)

We will offer hands on 'challenges' to participates that simulate the work we have done with our Kindergarten students. A Woodson Kindergarten teacher will also be co-presenting and sharing how these learning experiences support classroom learning and will also answer questions that participants might have about the developmental aspects of coding in the early years.

Supporting research

Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years. NAEYC 2015

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Jessica Cabeen, Woodson Kindergarten Center
Rachel Kaplan, Woodson Kindergarten Center
Amy Learn, Woodson Kindergarten Center

Amy Learn has taught at a Kindergarten center in Austin, MN for ten years. On her ninth year she became a technology integrationist and gifted and talented interventionist. She is a Seesaw Ambassador. Kindergartners at Woodson have been using coding, computer programming, engineering, Seesaw, and various tools to integrate technology into the Kindergarten classroom.

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