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Coding Across the Curriculum

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Participate and share : Poster

Wednesday, December 2, 3:00–4:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Raina Burditt  
New to coding? Follow my tutorial to see how easy it will be for your students to jump right in. (You can use my lesson with them, too!) Then learn how coding activities can be integrated into English, science, history, math, foreign language, art, and music classes.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Topic: Computer science & computational thinking
Grade level: 6-8
Subject area: Computer science, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
Creative Communicator
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
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.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will create a program in Scratch 3.0 and leave with confidence and ideas for how to implement coding in different disciplines. They will learn from personal experience how quickly a student can be up and running with the program.

Scratch 3.0 is a programming language developed by MIT that uses block-based coding. This style takes away much of the frustration for early coders and leaves more time to focus on understanding how to create algorithms using underlying concepts such as variables, lists, conditionals, loops, and functions. Coding helps build critical thinking, problem-solving, and logic skills.

I began teaching coding in my 7th grade English class. After only one class period, my students had the skills to create animations. I asked them to animate scenes from their novel that demonstrated various literary terms such as irony, foreshadowing, or symbolism. We also used coding to make review quizzes for grammar concepts.

After completing a degree in Instructional Design & Technology, I became a technology teacher and developed a full coding curriculum for middle school students. I also recently wrote a book about coding for ages 8-12, which is being published next month. I have also worked with teachers to integrate coding into their classroom. Even our music teacher found a great way to incorporate coding into their lessons!


- Brief overview of Scratch coding program
- Sharing of projects completed in different disciplines
- Step-by-step lesson where participants follow along and make their own program
- Sharing of my coding lessons, which participants can use right away with their students

Supporting research

Creative Coding: Lessons and Strategies to Integrate Computer Science Across the 6-8 Curriculum by Josh Caldwell

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Raina Burditt, Memphis University School

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