Coding Your Way Through the Curriculum in PK - 5

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Marcie Hebert  
Districts and schools are working to bring coding into their curriculum, but many teachers have not been prepared to code with their students. Participate in a station rotation to explore using a variety of age-appropriate coding tools in content-based activities.

Audience: Library media specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Photon Coding App for iOs or Android Photon MagicBridge App for Chromebook, Mac, or PC Bring a device: Laptop, Chromebook, Android or iOS tablet, or Android or iOS phone
Topic: Instructional design & delivery
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Language arts, Math
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Collaborate and co-learn with students to discover and use new digital resources and diagnose and troubleshoot technology issues.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose is to have participants become familiar with coding tools while examining examples of how these tools can be incorporated into the curriculum.

-Explore and experience how coding tools can be used as part of curriculum based lessons
- Identify why co-learning with students is a valuable skill for teachers
- Share ideas for how coding and curriculum go together

Station rotation will be utilized to give participants the chance to use different tools to complete content based activities.


I. Why teach coding (5 mins)
II. Small group discussion on barriers to teaching coding (5 mins)
III Station Rotation through content based activities with a variety of coding tools (55 mins)
IV Small group sharing - how to get past barriers and ideas to bring back into curriculum (10 mins)
V Gallery Walk to see small group ideas (8 mins)
VI Wrap up and Q/A (7)

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Marcie Hebert, Eduscape
ISTE Certified Educator

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