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Approx. 13 hours to complete

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
25 minutes to complete

Course Orientation

Meet Dr. Simon and fellow learners in this class! Find out what you’ll be doing and learning. ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 7 min), 2 readings
Video2 videos
Welcome to the The Computational Thinking & Block Programming in K-12 Education Specialization3m
Reading2 readings
Using Googledocs in this Course3m
Why Snap? Create your account10m
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Conditional Loops

In this module we will learn about conditional loops and how they vary from fixed loops. We'll examine different examples of both loop types and look at some common challenges that you may come across. Finally you'll create your own conditional loop program and have the opportunity to create an assignment and conduct peer reviews....
Reading
8 videos (Total 59 min), 2 readings, 5 quizzes
Video8 videos
What are interactive puzzles?5m
(Optional) Writing Programs: What's special for teachers?10m
Debugging: Common Challenges with Repeat Until (Boolean Expressions)9m
Debugging: Common Challenges with Repeat Until (Check then what?)7m
Debugging: Common Challenges with Repeat Until (Repeat vs Repeat Until)4m
(Optional) More programming puzzles -- but different!9m
(Optional) Demo: How to do Non-Interactive Puzzles8m
Reading2 readings
Interactive Puzzles Instructions: Conditional Loops20m
Non-Interactive Programming Puzzles20m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Puzzle It Out4m
Check your knowledge quiz4m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

More Conditional Loops

Now that you've gotten an introduction to conditional loops, we will further explore them and their variations. We will look at why some programs require conditional loops and discuss suggestions that will help students trace each program. Finally we'll learn about a variation on the repeat until loop, called the do-while loop....
Reading
1 video (Total 18 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Reading2 readings
Code.org While Loops -- A Variation on Repeat Until25m
Code.org Repeat Until in Maze25m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Concept Mastery Quiz: Repeat Until and While Loops32m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

If statements

Get an introduction to conditionals, which are also known as if-else statements. First we'll examine some examples of if-else conditionals that exist in our everyday life. Next you will take a look at videos of completed programs and recreate the code. We'll end with some debugging tips and have you create your own if-else program assignment....
Reading
2 videos (Total 14 min), 2 readings, 5 quizzes
Video2 videos
Debugging: If Else Statements8m
Reading2 readings
Interactive Puzzles Instructions: If Statements25m
Non-Interactive Programming Puzzles20m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Playing Games with Conditions5m
Puzzle It Out4m
Check your knowledge quiz4m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

More If statements

Now that you have a basic understanding of conditionals, we look at some more complicated cases. You'll watch a video of how a teacher introduces the topic to her class and learn about conditionals with more than 2 scenarios. You'll also look at programs with two independent conditionals and learn how this varies from else-if statements. Finally, you'll analyze some misconceptions and challenges you initially had when learning about conditionals and create resources to help others learn about conditionals....
Reading
1 video (Total 8 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Reading2 readings
Unplugged Conditionals: Video of the classroom10m
Code.org If/Else Statements30m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Concept Mastery Quiz: If/Else32m

Instructor

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Beth Simon

Teaching Professor
Education Studies

About University of California San Diego

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About the Computational Thinking & Block Programming in K-12 Education Specialization

In the 21st century, computational thinking is a skill critical for all the world's citizens. Computing and technology is impacting all our lives and everyone needs to know how to formulate problems and express their solutions such that a computer can carry it out. In this Specialization you will both learn several block-based languages, but using novel approaches designed to make learning programming easier. Covers most CSTA Algorithms & Programming Standards for Algorithms, Variables, Control, and Modularity: Levels 1-3A....
Computational Thinking & Block Programming in K-12 Education

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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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