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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...
100% online

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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
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
27 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 9 min), 2 readings
Reading2 readings
Using Googledocs in this Course3m
Why Snap? Create your account10m
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Computational Thinking and Sequences

Is computational thinking everywhere? Reflect on computational thinking in your life and brainstorm instructions for real world tasks. Discuss the process by which we become better computing teachers and create a block-based program in Snap by reordering a set of provided instructions. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 36 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
Video6 videos
Computational Thinking Concepts6m
My Robotic Friends in Action3m
My Robotic Friends: A CS Unplugged Activity7m
What are interactive puzzles?5m
How to do an interactive programming puzzle5m
Reading1 reading
Interactive Puzzles Instructions: Sequences20m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Puzzle It Out4m
Week
2
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

More Sequences

Get ready to do some programming puzzles! Create a Snap program and reflect on what aspects of the program students might struggle with. Work on challenge questions and reflect on how to discuss sequences in a classroom setting. Take a break from Snap and explore the code.org curriculums to create an assessment question!...
Reading
11 videos (Total 88 min), 6 readings, 7 quizzes
Video11 videos
Debugging: Common Challenges for Sequences9m
(Optional) More programming puzzles -- but different!9m
(Optional) Demo: How to do Non-Interactive Puzzles8m
Bloom's Taxonomy3m
What is Bloom's Taxonomy Good For?9m
Developing Computational Thinking9m
Classroom Discussions: Sequences11m
Teacher Powerup: Reinforcing + Gaining Curricular Experience11m
Revisiting Unplugged My Robotic Friends Lesson Plan5m
Did I get it?m
Reading6 readings
Vocabulary: Programming with Sequences10m
Non-Interactive Programming Puzzles20m
Unplugged Activities: Great for introducing concepts3m
Introducing the language Blockly -- for maze programs3m
Make a prediction5m
Experience a code.org lesson: sequences30m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Check your knowledge quiz4m
Concept Mastery Quiz: Computational Thinking & Sequences26m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Repeats

Invent a faster way to write instructions for your robotic friend! Get started solving programming puzzles that use repeats and reflect on what areas students might struggle with. Reinforce your knowledge as you complete a set of programs on google slides -- this time without using Snap to check your work!...
Reading
2 videos (Total 19 min), 3 readings, 5 quizzes
Video2 videos
Debugging: Repeats6m
Reading3 readings
Getting Loopy!5m
Interactive Puzzle Instructions: Repeats20m
Non-Interactive Programming Puzzles20m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Puzzle It Out4m
Check your knowledge quiz4m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

More Repeats

More programming with repeats - except with a bit of a challenge! Explore the free curriculum on code.org’s platform analyzing the feedback and hints they provide for their activities. Work closely in their artist environment and examine the difference between code.org block-based programming and your work in Snap. ...
Reading
1 video (Total 9 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Reading2 readings
Introduction to Repeat Loops: Angry Birds5m
Experience a code.org Artist/Drawing lesson: repeats36m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Concept Mastery Quiz: Repeats40m

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.

  • In this course you will learn to guide students in learning about sequences of instructions and basic counted repetition of instructions using Parsons' Problems to make learning less frustrating and give students more practice in less time.

    You will also learn about common bugs students make in creating programs with sequences and repeats and specific approaches to help them figure out and fix their bugs. You will prepare to lead classroom discussions to deepen students knowledge and hear expert explanations you can model.

    Finally you will learn about what is required to be authorized to teach computing in your state or country, explore the new Computer Science Teachers Association K-12 Computer Science Standards, be able to explain the benefits of block-based languages, and be prepared to support an equitable classroom using Pair Programming.

  • Yes! This course is designed as component of a Specialization that is 1 of a set of 4 Specializations (all will be offered on Coursera) that will support the requirements of the California Supplementary Authorization. Additionally, the Specialization may support credentialing or authorization in other states. However, most states require a transcript from an accredited institution of higher education. See the FAQ question on “Will I earn university credit” to find out how to get such a transcript.

  • Yes, you can earn UCSD credit for completing this course, but only by completing the full Computational Thinking and Block Programming in K-12 Education Specialization. In addition, you will need to (1) Enroll in an additional UCSD Extension course before completing the capstone ($500) and (2), complete part of the capstone project via an online proctoring service. After this is done, your Specialization course grades will be accumulated and a transcript with your final grade (both letter grade or pass-only supported) will be issued from UCSD with 4 graduate-level units. These are eligible to count towards the California Supplementary Authorization.

  • There is no background knowledge, neither in education nor in Computer Science, required to take this course - just an interest in learning how to give computers instructions to solve problems!

    Basic proficiency in the use of Googledocs will be needed to complete assignments within the course. Google help documentation will be provided, and with some extra attention, first time use of Googledocs should not be a barrier to successful completion of the course.

  • By providing this course online, our goal is to enable you to master all the material in the course at a pace that is appropriate for you, rather than the typical processes of picking a specific date and measuring how much you can learn by that date of in-person courses. Instead of the relatively bigger chunks of learning work found in traditional courses (e.g. go to class, read the book, do homework, study for the test) this course has a lot of smaller and more diverse activities that guide your learning experience.

    We use a lot of online features to: break learning into smaller chunks; engage you more in thinking and discussing content with others; better integrate and more frequently test your knowledge (with a focus on mastery, allowing you to go back and learn what you missed then come test again); give you practice in teaching-specific skills you will need as an educator (finding and evaluating online teaching resources, critiquing and modifying lesson plans)

    We hope you enjoy and learn a lot!

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