University of California San Diego
Computational Thinking for K-12 Educators: Variables and Nested Loops
University of California San Diego

Computational Thinking for K-12 Educators: Variables and Nested Loops

This course is part of Computational Thinking & Block Programming in K-12 Education Specialization

Taught in English

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Beth Simon

Instructor: Beth Simon

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15 hours (approximately)
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There are 6 modules in this course

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2 videos2 readings1 discussion prompt

How can we simplify instructions further with repeats? How do you dance the chicken dance? We’ll cover these questions and more in this module! Learn how nested repeats work by making dance instructions, solving programming puzzles, and creating a program. Prepare for class discussions around challenging questions about nested repeats.

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6 videos4 readings2 quizzes1 app item1 discussion prompt

Be prepared for teaching nested repeats with code.org’s Bee and Zombie programming challenges, and get ready to learn about events! Find out how to grab your students’ attention with events, and practice your understanding by imagining: what if you could control someone with a game controller? Learn more about events by playing with programming puzzles and creating your own program.

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2 videos6 readings3 quizzes3 discussion prompts

In this module, we’ll explore how events are taught in the classroom and go through another code.org challenge: this time, we’re creating the game of Bounce (or Pong), which is just like air hockey! We’ll also introduce how variables are placeholders for data by displaying them as a real-world placeholders: envelopes. Work on getting comfortable with variables in a variety of programming puzzles.

What's included

3 videos7 readings3 quizzes1 discussion prompt

After working through some tricky examples of changing variables, we’re ready to bring variables to your classroom! First, we’ll cover a more thorough lesson plan for the “variables as envelopes” metaphor. Then, we’ll head back to the code.org Artist environment to show the true power of variables and how much they can affect our drawings!

What's included

1 video3 readings2 quizzes1 app item1 discussion prompt

We take a break from programming concepts to ensure that your classroom environment encourages a healthy learning environment. Learn how to make fun assignments a little more approachable by using Parsons’ problems, and explore how you can make your computer lab a respectful and supportive environment for all, especially students that might be underrepresented.

What's included

4 videos3 readings1 quiz1 app item1 discussion prompt

Instructor

Beth Simon
University of California San Diego
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