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Approx. 20 hours to complete

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    100% online

    Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

    Flexible deadlines

    Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

    Beginner Level

    Approx. 20 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

    Welcome!

    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
    5 hours to complete

    Nested Repeats

    6 videos (Total 48 min), 2 readings, 5 quizzes
    6 videos
    (Optional) Writing Programs: What's special for teachers?4m
    Debugging: Nested Repeats6m
    (Optional) More programming puzzles -- but different!9m
    (Optional) Demo: How to do Non-Interactive Puzzles8m
    Classroom Discussions: Nested Repeats15m
    2 readings
    Interactive Puzzle Instructions: Nested Repeats25m
    Non-Interactive Programming Puzzles25m
    2 practice exercises
    Puzzle It Out5m
    Check your knowledge quiz5m
    Week
    2
    4 hours to complete

    More Nested Repeats & Events

    2 videos (Total 7 min), 5 readings, 5 quizzes
    2 videos
    Debugging: Events4m
    5 readings
    Experience a code.org Maze lesson: nested repeats45m
    How do things happen in video games?4m
    Events you already use every day!5m
    Interactive Puzzles Instructions: Events20m
    Non-Interactive Programming Puzzles25m
    3 practice exercises
    Concept Mastery Quiz: Nested Repeats30m
    Puzzle It Out5m
    Check your knowledge quiz5m
    Week
    3
    3 hours to complete

    More Events & Variables

    3 videos (Total 16 min), 6 readings, 4 quizzes
    3 videos
    Variables in Envelopes Activity3m
    Debugging: Variables7m
    6 readings
    Events: What do students struggle with?5m
    Where and how are Events covered in code.org curriculum?10m
    Events in code.org: A Seminal Lesson30m
    What are variables?3m
    Finish the Activity Yourself!15m
    Interactive Puzzle Instructions: Variables25m
    3 practice exercises
    Concept Mastery Quiz: Events14m
    Variables In Envelopes Assessment7m
    Puzzle It Out5m
    Week
    4
    4 hours to complete

    More Variables

    1 video (Total 13 min), 3 readings, 4 quizzes
    3 readings
    Non-Interactive Programming Puzzles35m
    Review an Unplugged Lesson Plan for variables20m
    Variables in code.org40m
    2 practice exercises
    Check your knowledge quiz5m
    Concept Mastery Quiz: Variables32m

    Instructor

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    Beth Simon

    Teaching Professor
    Education Studies

    About University of California San Diego

    UC San Diego is an academic powerhouse and economic engine, recognized as one of the top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Innovation is central to who we are and what we do. Here, students learn that knowledge isn't just acquired in the classroom—life is their laboratory....

    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.

    • In this course you will learn to guide students in learning about nested loops, events, and variables using Parsons' Problems to make learning less frustrating and give students more practice in less time.

      You will also learn about common bugs students make in creating programs with nested loops, events, and variables and specific approaches to help them figure out and fix their bugs. You will prepare to lead classroom discussions to deepen students knowledge and hear expert explanations you can model.

      Finally you will learn why Parsons' Problems support easier learning of programming concepts and design a Parsons' Problem to use in your teaching. You will also develop classroom resources to support a positive and equitable experience in your computing lab classroom.

    • Yes! This course is designed as component of a Specialization that is 1 of a set of 4 Specializations (all will be offered on Coursera) that will support the requirements of the California Supplementary Authorization. Additionally, the Specialization may support credentialing or authorization in other states. However, most states require a transcript from an accredited institution of higher education. See the FAQ question on “Will I earn university credit” to find out how to get such a transcript.

    • Yes, you can earn UCSD credit for completing this course, but only by completing the full Computational Thinking and Block Programming in K-12 Education Specialization. In addition, you will need to (1) Enroll in an additional UCSD Extension course before completing the capstone ($500) and (2), complete part of the capstone project via an online proctoring service. After this is done, your Specialization course grades will be accumulated and a transcript with your final grade (both letter grade or pass-only supported) will be issued from UCSD with 4 graduate-level units. These are eligible to count towards the California Supplementary Authorization.

    • There is no background knowledge, neither in education nor in Computer Science, required to take this course - just an interest in learning how to give computers instructions to solve problems! However, if you have no prior programming experience, we recommend you take the preceding course in this Specialization first.

      Basic proficiency in the use of Googledocs will be needed to complete assignments within the course. Google help documentation will be provided, and with some extra attention, first time use of Googledocs should not be a barrier to successful completion of the course.

    • By providing this course online, our goal is to enable you to master all the material in the course at a pace that is appropriate for you, rather than the typical processes of picking a specific date and measuring how much you can learn by that date of in-person courses. Instead of the relatively bigger chunks of learning work found in traditional courses (e.g. go to class, read the book, do homework, study for the test) this course has a lot of smaller and more diverse activities that guide your learning experience.

      We use a lot of online features to: break learning into smaller chunks; engage you more in thinking and discussing content with others; better integrate and more frequently test your knowledge (with a focus on mastery, allowing you to go back and learn what you missed then come test again); give you practice in teaching-specific skills you will need as an educator (finding and evaluating online teaching resources, critiquing and modifying lesson plans)

      We hope you enjoy and learn a lot!

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