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CS for All: It's Elementary

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Location: La Nouvelle Ballroom, Table 6
Experience live: All-Access Package

Participate and share : Poster

Samantha Smith  
Jenna Markel  
Eric Wilson  

See how a district began its journey to introduce coding and robotics at all levels in its elementary buildings, survived a pandemic and kept its vision alive. Explore the scope and sequence it developed and how any educational institution can use to get started with minimal funds.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Library media specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Nothing ahead of time. It will all be shared at the event.
Topic: Computer science & computational thinking
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Computer science, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
Facilitator
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.
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 understand how automation works and use algorithmic thinking to develop a sequence of steps to create and test automated solutions.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The takeaways that participants can expect to gain from this session including being given a place and to start with respect to introducing coding/robotics to elementary aged students. We will be sharing our developed scope and sequence of free and sustainable resources that will help to give students at each grade level K-6, exposure to coding and robotics. Hear the rationale behind our sequencing and the prerequisite skills that students gain at each level to prepare them to move on. Hear how we worked through budget constraints and helping to bring stakeholders on board to help fund and in some cases just implement parts of the curriculum. Our CS4All Traveling Tote sets (lending library of resources) can be a simple and cost effective investment to start a program at any level. We currently have upgraded from 3 complete "tote" sets and additionally 2 partial totes with plans to round out and add to bring us to 7 total "totes" sets and the supplemental resources for the 21-22 school year allowing for even more teachers to be using the resources at one time .

Supporting research

https://code.org/promote/pa http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/DigitalEducation/2014/06/computer_science_is_newest_cor.html http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2014/07/29/nyc schoolsusevideogamesteachcomputer- coding
http://my.umbc.edu/groups/webdev/posts/44439 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180815154454.htm

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Presenters

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Samantha Smith, RLASD

Considered passionate about ed tech, Samantha Smith (@EdTechSmith) helps support 300+ teachers in South Central Pennsylvania. Always willing to share, presenting in various venues including state & international technology conferences over the past 14 yrs. Sam covers topics ranging from differentiation with ed tech, blended learning, personalized learning getting started right with technology, everything & anything web tools, coding, digital citizenship & Google Apps for Education. Google for Education Certified Trainer - April 2015. Apple Teacher. CodeSpark Ambassador. KTI 2011/2016. 23 years in Education.

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Jenna Markel, Red Lion Area School District

My name is Jenna Markel. I am a second grade teacher for Red Lion Area School District. I graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Mathematics. I attended York College of Pennsylvania and received my Master’s degree in Educational Technology. Stem, coding, and robotics are my passion!

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Eric Wilson, Red Lion Area School District

Mr. Eric Wilson currently serves as the Chief Instructional Officer for the Red Lion Area School District. In addition to overseeing the writing, revision, and implementation of the K-12 curriculum, he serves as the District Assessment Coordinator for the PSSAs and Keystone Exams and as Federal Programs Coordinator. Before moving into his current position, Mr. Wilson also served as a Physics Teacher, K-12 STEM Specialist, and Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for Red Lion. In addition to these experiences, Mr. Wilson had the opportunity to serve as the Interim Principal at Mazie Gable Elementary School.

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