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Explore and create : Workshop

Saturday, June 22, 12:00–1:30 pm
Location: Franklin 8-9, Marriott

Brenda Bass  
Get a general introduction to both basic CS concepts and the ScratchJr platform. Learn why teaching coding is important and what elementary coding looks like. Also learn about debugging, communities of practice and fostering an inclusive culture.

Audience: Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Tablet: Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Scratch Jr App
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Computer science and computational thinking
Grade level: PK-2
Subject area: Computer science
ISTE Standards: 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.
  • Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This session is a general introduction to both basic CS concepts and an introduction to the Scratch Jr platform. We feel that every student should learn to code beginning in Kindergarten. In this introductory sequence of projects for Scratch Jr, participates will not only be introduced to Scratch Jr but Why Teach Coding, What does elementary coding look like, Debugging, Reverse Engineering, Communities of Practice and Fostering An Inclusive Culture. They will be introduced to the BootUp PD website and have access to the free curriculum with lesson plans and resources. BootUp PD works with districts across the United States to teach teachers how to teach coding. Students in these districts are excited about coding.


Model Scratch Jr Lesson 1 Hands on Participants will create lesson 1 15 min
Lesson Pacing Video and Discussion 2 min
Model Scratch Jr Project 2 Hands on Participants will create lesson 15 min
Guiding Questions Discussion and Video 5
Model Scratch Jr Project 3 Hands on Participants will create lesson 15 min
Debugging 5 min
Model Scratch Jr Lesson 4 Hands on Participants will create lesson 20 min
Reverse Engineering Video 5 min
Model Scratch Jr Lesson 5 Hands on Participants will create lesson 30 min
Walk through Lesson Plans Hands on 3 min
T-Pack Discussion 5 min
Classroom Integration Hands on 5 min
Why Teach Coding 10 min
What Does Elementary Coding Look Like 10 min
Community of Practice Hands on 10 min
Fostering an Inclusive Culture 10 min
Go over Resources Hands on 10 min

Supporting research

Bootup PD
Jared O'Leary

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Brenda Bass, BootUp PD

Brenda currently works for BootUp as a Professional Development Facilitator partnering with school districts across the US to train/support elementary coding teachers to implement coding in their classroom. She has over 30 years of teaching experience, most recently as the Science/STEAM Lab Teacher for Fort Bend School District in Texas where she taught K-5 coding, STEAM challenges and physical computing to help support science standards. She was also the coding/robotics sponsor. Prior to the Science/STEAM Lab, she was a Digital Learning Specialist supporting multiple campuses with technology integration, facilitating Professional Development and supporting coding/robotics clubs.

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