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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Approx. 14 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
Welcome to the 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

Conditional Loops

8 videos (Total 53 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
8 videos
What are interactive puzzles?5m
(Optional) Writing Programs: What's special for teachers?4m
Debugging: Common Challenges with Repeat Until (Boolean Expressions)9m
Debugging: Common Challenges with Repeat Until (Check then what?)7m
Debugging: Common Challenges with Repeat Until (Repeat vs Repeat Until)4m
(Optional) More programming puzzles -- but different!9m
(Optional) Demo: How to do Non-Interactive Puzzles8m
2 readings
Interactive Puzzles Instructions: Conditional Loops20m
Non-Interactive Programming Puzzles20m
2 practice exercises
Puzzle It Out4m
Check your knowledge quiz4m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

More Conditional Loops

1 video (Total 18 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
2 readings
Code.org While Loops -- A Variation on Repeat Until25m
Code.org Repeat Until in Maze25m
1 practice exercise
Concept Mastery Quiz: Repeat Until and While Loops32m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

If statements

2 videos (Total 14 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
2 videos
Debugging: If Else Statements8m
2 readings
Interactive Puzzles Instructions: If Statements25m
Non-Interactive Programming Puzzles20m
3 practice exercises
Playing Games with Conditions5m
Puzzle It Out4m
Check your knowledge quiz4m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

More If statements

1 video (Total 8 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
2 readings
Unplugged Conditionals: Video of the classroom10m
Code.org If/Else Statements30m
1 practice exercise
Concept Mastery Quiz: If/Else32m

Instructor

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Beth Simon

Teaching Professor
Education Studies

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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

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