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Approx. 13 hours to complete

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100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
25 minutes to complete

Course Orientation

2 videos (Total 7 min), 2 readings
2 videos
Optional: The Computational Thinking & Block Programming in K-12 Education Specialization3m
2 readings
Using Googledocs in this Course3m
Why Snap? Create your account10m
3 hours to complete

Abstractions Part 1

3 videos (Total 22 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
3 videos
Debugging: Methods and Parameters12m
(Optional) Writing Programs: What's Special for Teachers?4m
3 readings
Functions and Variables in Song (no, you don't have to sing)20m
Interactive Puzzles Instructions10m
Interactive Puzzles Instructions: Abstractions20m
1 practice exercise
Puzzle It Out4m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Abstractions Part 2

9 videos (Total 50 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
9 videos
Classroom Discussion: Abstractions9m
Introducing: Recursion9m
Recursion: Guided Code Modification4m
Recursion: Pencilcode.net11m
Optional: How to Use Stepper to "Follow Along" DrawNestedSquare - Original Code2m
Optional: How to Use Stepper to "Follow Along" DrawNestedSquare - Stop Earlier1m
Optional: How to Use Stepper to "Follow Along" DrawNestedSquare - Decrease Size by 201m
Optional: How to Use Stepper to "Follow Along" DrawNestedSquare - Change Offset52s
2 readings
Non-Interactive Programming Puzzles25m
YouTube programming resources10m
2 practice exercises
Check your knowledge quiz5m
Concept Mastery Quiz: Abstraction15m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Lists Part 1

4 videos (Total 18 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
4 videos
What do you think?3s
Debugging Lists: Concept4m
Debugging Lists: Patterns9m
2 readings
Before you start... we need your opinion6m
Interactive Puzzles Instructions: Lists30m
1 practice exercise
Puzzle It Out5m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Lists Part 2

2 videos (Total 13 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
2 videos
From Searching to Sorting4m
1 reading
Non-Interactive Programming Puzzles30m
2 practice exercises
Check your knowledge quiz6m
Concept Mastery Quiz: Lists20m

Instructor

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Beth Simon

Teaching Professor
Education Studies

About University of California San Diego

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About the Computational Thinking & Block Programming in K-12 Education Specialization

In the 21st century, computational thinking is a skill critical for all the world's citizens. Computing and technology is impacting all our lives and everyone needs to know how to formulate problems and express their solutions such that a computer can carry it out. In this Specialization you will both learn several block-based languages, but using novel approaches designed to make learning programming easier. Covers most CSTA Algorithms & Programming Standards for Algorithms, Variables, Control, and Modularity: Levels 1-3A....
Computational Thinking & Block Programming in K-12 Education

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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