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Code Across the Curriculum with Young Learners

There is great interest in developing innovative methods for introducing young students to basic programming concepts and computational thinking. This session will introduce participants to cross-curricular techniques designed to engage all young learners. Storybook Programming combines students’ love for reading, literacy development, and computational thinking into narrative-based activities. Code to the Music utilizes students’ familiarity with children’s songs to teach programming basics.

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  1. What instructional methods are most effective for meaningful programming instruction and learning? How can we help young learners conceptualize and contextualize programming concepts?
  2. What research-proven methods can we learn from to engage young students in computer science? How do concepts such as narrative, music, active learning, and collaboration affect interest?
  3. How can we extend programming instruction across the curriculum to stimulate students’ interest early and broaden overall participation in computer science?



Lucy Kosturko, Curriculum Specialist/Research Scientist , SAS Institute Inc.

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  • Tags: inspiration
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Future15
  • Track: Achievement Gaps & Educational Equality
  • Level: Basic Understanding
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