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Elementary Computer Science Project Group Brings Computer Science to the Classroom

Elementary Computer Science Project Group Brings Computer Science to the Classroom

Posted by Elizabeth Egan on 1 December, 2017
Earlier this year, Issaquah School District Instructional Specialists, Liza Rickey and Valerie Buck organized the Elementary Computer Science Project in response to teachers desire to build their own understanding of computer science and computational thinking. Teachers applied to be part of the group and participate in a hands-on, highly interactive course where they learn how to code, build simple robots, and gain confidence and knowledge to integrate computer science and computational thinking. As a result, participants will start to infuse the ideas and strategies into current curriculum. Thirty applicants were selected for the inaugural group. 
 
After having already met twice this fall for two full days, the group will come back together in January for a final in-person training along with a number of digital check-ins through the end of the year. Highlights of the first two sessions include learning about computer science standards, reviewing the district mission, and practicing programming using an Ozobot - including sequences, events, and algorithms. Teachers were energized and excited to be the learners in the classroom. Throughout the trainings they began to see and plan where they might integrate computer science and computational thinking into the current curriculum in their classrooms. 
 
Next year Rickey and Buck plan to start the second round of the Elementary Computer Science Project, having double the amount of slots open to teachers at 60 openings.
 
For more information about the Elementary Computer Science Project Group, please contact Liza Rickey at rickeye@issaquah.wednet.edu or Valerie Buck at buckv@issaquah.wednet.edu.
 
Many of our Issaquah classrooms will be participating in Hour of Code December 4th-8th. For more information about Hour of Code week, please visit: https://hourofcode.com/us