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Hello Ruby: Connecting Coding and Literature

November 2
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Digital Learning and Innovative Practices
Administrators, Instructional Coaches, Library and Media Specialists, Teachers

Hello Ruby is the world’s most whimsical way to learn about technology, computing and coding. It is all about curiosity, playfulness and logic, and provides tools for kids, parents and educators to learn to understand programming in a fun and creative way.

In this session attendees will be introduced to computer science through a story about Ruby, a little girl, who goes on an adventure and encounters many computer science concepts along the way. We will explore activities provided by the Hello Ruby website, and the San Francisco Unified School District computer science initiative titled CS for All in SF. In the unplugged lesson, attendees will learn about giving precise and specific directions, and practice creating and writing algorithms to complete a variety of tasks.

1a. Apply CS practices: Apply CS and computational thinking practices in flexible and appropriate ways. Practices include: Fostering an Inclusive Computing Culture, Collaborating Around Computing, Communicating About Computing, Recognizing and Defining Computational Problems, Developing and Using Abstractions, Creating Computational Artifacts, and Testing and Refining Computational Artifacts.

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

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.