Download Chapter 2: THE MANY BENEFITS OF COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION
Computer science opens more doors for today’s youth than any other discipline – which is why Coding in the Classroom is your key to unlocking students’ future potential. Author Ryan Somma untangles the current state of CS education standards; describes the cognitive, academic, and professional benefits of learning CS; and provides numerous strategies to promote computational thinking and get kids coding!
Whether you’re a teacher, an after-school coach, or a parent seeking accessible ways to boost your kid’s computer savvy, Coding in the Classroom is here to help. With quick-start programming strategies, scaffolded exercises for every grade level, and ideas for designing CS events that promote student achievement, this book is a rock-solid roadmap to CS integration from a wide variety of on-ramps. You’ll learn:
- tips and resources for teaching programming concepts via in-class activities and games, without a computer
- development environments that make coding and sharing web apps a breeze
- lesson plans for the software lifecycle process and techniques for facilitating long-term projects
- ways to craft interdisciplinary units that bridge CS and computational thinking with other content areas
Coding in the Classroom does more than make CS less formidable – it makes it more fun! From learning computational thinking via board games to building their own websites, students are offered a variety of entry points for acquiring the skills they need to succeed in the 21st-century workforce.
Moreover, Somma understands how schools operate – and he’s got your back. You’ll be empowered to advocate for the value of implementing CS across the curriculum, get stakeholder buy-in, and build the supportive, equitable coding community that your school deserves.