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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Approx. 13 hours to complete

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

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
26 minutes to complete

Course Orientation

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2 videos (Total 8 min), 2 readings
2 videos
Optional: The Computational Thinking & Block Programming in K-12 Education Specialization3m
2 readings
Using Googledocs in this Course3m
Why Snap? Create your account10m
2 hours to complete

Nested If/Else Part 1

Explore conditional executing by learning about nested if-else statements. Use nested if-elses in examples where there are three or more options. Design your own conditional system, re-create Snap programs based on video solutions, and review some common debugging tips....
3 videos (Total 14 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
3 videos
(Optional) Writing Programs: What's Special for Teachers?4m
Debugging: Nested If Else Statements4m
1 reading
Interactive Puzzles Instructions: Nested If/Else20m
1 practice exercise
Puzzle It Out4m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Nested If/Else Part 2

Continue with nested if-else statements with our non-interactive programming puzzles to check your knowledge. Get prepared to run classroom discussions on some challenging if-else statements and explore a different, free, online programming system -- pencilcode.net...
3 videos (Total 28 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
3 videos
Introducing: pencilcode.net -- a different (free) block based programming language7m
Optimize Your Fortune!3m
1 reading
Non-Interactive Programming Puzzles20m
2 practice exercises
Check your knowledge quiz4m
Concept Mastery Quiz: Nested If Else30m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Compound Conditionals Part 1

Learn how to create compound conditionals with and and or. Do an unplugged activity to see compound conditional apply in a soccer game. See how truth tables define the behavior of Boolean operators and and or and get the chance to fill one in. Create your own compound conditional programs using Snap, review others' work, and learn debugging tips....
2 videos (Total 12 min), 3 readings, 4 quizzes
2 videos
Debugging: Compound Conditionals5m
3 readings
What is a truth table?10m
Interactive Puzzles Instructions: Compound Conditionals30m
Non-Interactive Programming Puzzles25m
2 practice exercises
Puzzle It Out5m
Check your knowledge quiz5m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Compound Conditionals Part 2

Deepen your understanding of compound conditionals with some pretty challenging classroom discussion questions. Learn about the design behind the Scratch programming language and read and use starter code in Scratch to create a soccer game that announces goals and various out of bounds situations....
3 videos (Total 26 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
3 videos
Scratch: Programming Because You Want To6m
Introducing: Soccer in Scratch!4m
1 reading
TEDx Talk: Scratch7m
1 practice exercise
Concept Mastery Quiz: Compound Conditionals30m

Instructor

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Beth Simon

Teaching Professor
Education Studies

About University of California San Diego

UC San Diego is an academic powerhouse and economic engine, recognized as one of the top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Innovation is central to who we are and what we do. Here, students learn that knowledge isn't just acquired in the classroom—life is their laboratory....

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

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • 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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