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Participate and share : Poster

Sunday, June 23, 11:30 am–1:30 pm
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 26

Dr. Dr. Kasey Hutchinson   Ijeoma Johnson   Dr. Jennifer Williams  
Learn how to start a coding club that enhances student writing skills. In Storytelling — part of Google's CS First Coding Suite — students use computer science to tell fun and interactive stories. Storytelling emphasizes creativity by encouraging club members to tell a unique story each day.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: https://csfirst.withgoogle.com/c/cs-first/en/storytelling/overview.html
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Storytelling/multimedia
Grade level: 3-5
Subject area: Science
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Computational Thinker
  • Students understand how automation works and use algorithmic thinking to develop a sequence of steps to create and test automated solutions.
For Educators:
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will be able to start a coding club in their schools today. They will learn how to find curriculum, location, and gain buy-in from faculty and staff members. Learners will see examples of how one district successfully implemented a coding club at each middle school, created a girl's coding club, and a Girl's only computer science conference WITHOUT a budget.

The tool used is Google CS First program.


Participants will be fully immersed in the presentation. They will join a class and begin a coding session. As participants learn to code, they will learn how important it is to be a clear and concise writer.

10 min intro - what is CS First? How do I join
20 min coding/storytelling
10 min lecture
10 min where to begin?
10 min Q &A

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Dr. Dr. Kasey Hutchinson, Newton County Schools

Dr. Kasey Clements-Hutchinson is an Instructional Technology Specialist for Newton County Schools. Dr. Hutchinson has worked extensively with Title I Schools for 21 years holding various roles including classroom teacher, instructional coach, and technology specialist. She is passionate about technology, positive thinking, professional learning, and collaborative learning. Dr. Hutchinson enjoys empowering and helping educators improve the classroom experience for their students. She believes attitude is everything and each day provides a new opportunity for learning!

Ijeoma Johnson, Newton County Schools
Dr. Jennifer Williams, Newton County Schools

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