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Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That: An Approach to Teaching Computer Science In Primary Grade Levels

November 3
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Digital Learning and Innovative Practices
Administrators, Instructional Coaches, Library and Media Specialists, Teachers

This workshop will explore the use of common early childhood literature to teach coding concepts to young children. Using examples from children’s books, we will examine concepts like pattern recognition, decomposition, algorithms, and abstraction. We will examine early childhood ages and stages in relation to coding-based activities and share real-world experiences of working with kids on this material. This will be an interactive session, in which participants are encouraged to share personal experiences and ask questions as we progress through activities. Teachers will walk away with a handful of new ideas for teaching CS to early learners.

The following computer sciences standards will be addressed as outlined by the CSTA Standards for CS Teachers:

4d. Build connections between CS and other disciplines: Design learning experiences that make connections to other disciplines and real-world contexts.

4e. Plan projects that have personal meaning to students: Plan opportunities for students to create and share open-ended and personally meaningful projects

4f. Plan instruction to foster student understanding Plan activities that use evidence-based, CS-specific teaching strategies to develop students’ conceptual understanding and proactively address student misconceptions in CS.

Matt Carter
Matt Carter
CS Teacher (K - 5), Pontiac - Wm Holliday District #105

Matt Carter (he/him) is a computer science teacher in southern Illinois. He is a graduate of Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois where he received his BS in Elementary Education and Teaching. He is currently working towards his Masters of Arts in Educational Administration and Leadership at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. He taught for nine years in fourth & fifth grade before becoming a CS teacher. During his time at Pontiac- Wm Holliday District 105 he was a recipient of the Emerson Excellence in Education award. He is also a Google Level 1 and Level 2 Certified Educator, and is working towards his Google Trainer certification. He is an active member in the Computer Science Teachers Association as part of the St Louis area and Central Illinois chapters. Teaching computer science and computational thinking, as well as STEM at the elementary level is his passion and he hopes to extend his knowledge with other educators to help them meet those needs in their own classrooms.