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Learning Coding and Computational Thinking Unplugged: Hands On Coding

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marcos navas  
Explore the world of computational thinking and tools that are "unplugged" to teach computer science. We will be using Hands On Coding blocks to introduce the idea of coding and its basic movements. Learn about the progression of coding and robotics from PK through high school.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Tablet: Android, iOS
Topic: Computer science & computational thinking
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Computational Thinker
  • Students break problems into component parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem-solving.
  • Students formulate problem definitions suited for technology-assisted methods such as data analysis, abstract models and algorithmic thinking in exploring and finding solutions.
  • Students collect data or identify relevant data sets, use digital tools to analyze them, and represent data in various ways to facilitate problem-solving and decision-making.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Review the parts of computational thinking and examples of integration
Using Hands on Coding blocks to introduce coding and algorithm design
Kinesthetically act out algorithms and codes

Supporting research

The Official Scratch Jr Book by Marina Bers
Programming in the Primary Grades by Sam Patterson
Learn to Program w Scratch by Majed Marji
Adventures in Raspberry Pi by Carrie Anne Philbin
A Beginner’s Guide to Coding by Marc Scott

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marcos navas, tech tink n teach

In addition to being a speaker and presenter, Marcos is an ambassador and champion for an array of companies and organizations such as Dremel, Ultimaker, Pi-Top and Osmo. Marcos is one of the original Flipgrid Ambassadors and a TED Ed Innovative Educator helping spread student TED Talks via TED Clubs. Within the coding and STEM space, he is one of the original Raspberry Pi Certified Educators in the US and one of the original founders of Hands on Coding, LLC. Marcos most recently completed his Fellowship with IDEO Teachers Guild making him one of 10 educational experts in Human Centered Design & Design Thinking.

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