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I Do, WeDo, You Do: Integrating a K-5 CS Progression

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Sunday, November 29, 9:00–9:45 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Taylor Cotton  
Liz Loether  

Get a glimpse of the K-5 CS progressions implemented at America's first computer science elementary school! We'll share our 21st century curriculum and explore supporting skills students need for the world of work. You'll learn how to create an integrated CS curriculum with adaptations for distance learning.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Computer science & computational thinking
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Support educators in using technology to advance learning that meets the diverse learning, cultural, and social-emotional needs of individual students.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will leave this presentation with a clear picture of what an integrated Computer Science program looks like from grades K-5. They will also understand why introducing or enhancing a CS program at the Elementary Level is important, considering job outlook and world of work skills desired for future careers. As a result of this presentation, participants will leave with ideas of how to introduce Computer Science into their school site or classroom along with some free resources that will support these introductions, such as Scratch, CSFirst, etc. These integration ideas will apply to primary and intermediate grades, as well as to blended and distance learning models. Participants will also have an opportunity to try out their hand at setting up accounts and tinkering with coding on these free resources.


The presentation will start out with a summary of job skill statistics for future careers in the world of work. We will then go into data relating to careers based on coding/computer science along with current data in connection with gender and racial identity. (5 minutes) Next, participants will learn about a K-5 computer science progression in broad strokes, with complexity increasing at each grade level across the various coding media. (5 minutes) Following the big picture, participants will learn how to integrate content into the computer science curriculum in both the primary grades and intermediate grades, including in blended and distance learning instructional models. (15 minutes) Then, we will exhibit some student work samples that were created within the progressions discussed. (5 minutes) After that, participants will learn what pitfalls to avoid, based on our years of experience with integrated CS curriculum. (5 minutes) Finally, participants will learn about free resources available, before having some time to set up accounts and explore the free resources. (15 minutes)

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Taylor Cotton, Cajon Valley Union School District
Liz Loether, Rios Elementary School

Liz Loether is the Principal and Lead Educator at Rios Elementary Computer Science Magnet, America’s First Elementary Computer Science Magnet School. Previously she has served the diverse community of El Cajon as the Director of Learning Support Services and Educational Technology Within this role she oversaw innovative projects such as the 1:1 chromebook program, CV Makerbus, Digital Academy badging platform, and student support. She serves as the Vice President of San Diego CUE supporting educators. Liz is an organizer of TED x events and a TED-Ed Innovative Educator. Talk to Liz about evolving education to the next level.

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