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Surprisingly, there are now lots of screen-free activities that can help elementary students learn coding and other essential CS skills in a developmentally-appropriate context. Here are a few that your students can try out this week or any day you want to bring the joy of CS learning into your classroom:
Billed as “ the world’s most whimsical way to learn about computers, technology, and programming,” this website features exercises, games, and interactive videos tailored specifically for kids five and older.
Every activity on the site is screen-free while still providing students a chance to creatively engage with CS topics. Some of my favorites include:
Hello Ruby also offers resources to help new and seasoned CS educators translate what they know into kid-friendly language and concepts.
Their Love Letters to Computers video series is a great way to bolster your understanding of CS concepts and prepare to teach students everything from computational thinking to diversity and inclusion.
As its name suggests, this website features wire-free ways for elementary students to get hands-on with CS concepts using “cards, string, crayons and lots of running around.”
Many of CS Unplugged’s activities can be enjoyed by remote learners, making them ideal for hybrid classrooms and families who want to try out CS learning at home. Their integration resources are also invaluable to teachers who are trying to add CS lessons to an existing curriculum.
To help educators bring CS learning to today’s youngest learners, the Illinois State Board of Education has produced a curriculum crosswalk that aligns example activities with Illinois’ Early Childhood Learning standards and Pre-K Computer Science standards.
Topics covered in these activities include representation, problem solving, social-emotional learning, and pattern identification.
Teachers, administrators, and curriculum leaders can all reach for this resource for inspiration, as well as support while justifying the inclusion of CS learning opportunities in a standard Pre-K curriculum.
During #CSEdWeek and beyond, the LTC provides support to K-12 schools as they build their CS programs and strive toward meeting Illinois’ new CS learning standards. You can find out more about our CS-focused resources and professional learning opportunities on our CS & STEM hub.
Our Computer Science Resource Library continues to grow! Bookmark it and check back often for new lesson plans, apps, and how-to guides curated by CS educators and the LTC team.
As a Code.org Regional Partner, the LTC offers support to schools integrating any of their K-12 computer science curricula. Illinois educators with any level of CS teaching experience can also join an upcoming summer cohort to receive ongoing integration support and earn graduate credit from National Louis University.
Sarah leads computer science and STEM initiatives, manages partnerships with state and national organizations, and elevates the LTC’s role as a thought leader in the K-12 computer science space.