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    Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

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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

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    • 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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