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Creating Critical Thinkers Through Coding is a Course

Creating Critical Thinkers Through Coding

Sep 30 - Oct 28, 2021
1 credit

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Full course description

Designed for non-computer programming educators who are interested in making coding part of their curriculum, either in regular classroom instruction or as part of an after-school program. This online workshop will focus on improving students' critical thinking and problem-solving skills utilizing coding activities, both unplugged and online. This course covers the basic concepts of coding and will teach participants the beginning elements of the coding language Blockly. Additionally, educators will program various robots and other educational manipulatives. 

Credit: 1 USBE or 1 SUU Credit
Course Type: In-person and Online
Course Level: Beginner
Cost: Free to Utah Educators
Endorsement Category: Digital Teaching and Learning
Dates In-person: Sept. 30, 4:15pm - 6:15pm and October 28, 4:15pm - 7:15pm
Dates Online: October 1 - October 27
Location: ALC - 759 E. Pacific Dr., American Fork, UT


Expected Learning Outcomes
At the conclusion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Identify and apply the following computer programming concepts: algorithm, loops, debugging, conditionals and functions.
  • Use online coding websites to teach code by completing online modules on code.org and other related websites.
  • Organize unplugged activities, incorporating computer programming concepts.
  • Scaffold computer programming activities for a variety of age and ability levels
  • Integrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills into the coding curriculum.
  • Design an implementation plan for computer programming in their classroom.


Final Assessment
The final assessment will be a formal plan for the implementation of coding into the curriculum. This could either be a unit plan, or a year-long plan. Elements that need to be included are: time frame, group size, curriculum tie, materials, intended learning outcomes, instructional procedures, extensions/adaptations, assessment plan

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