Why Computer Science?
Computer science is not widely taught, even though programming may be one of the most important skills of the 21st century.Teaching computer science isn’t simply about learning to program. It’s about computational thinking, logic, reasoning, and problem solving too.
Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to growing computer programming education. The Code.org vision is that computer science should be part of the core curriculum in every school. Visit the Computer Science Education Week website for inspiration.
We also use Courses 1-4 Computer Science Fundamentals in class.
In fourth grade we also learn coding with Kodu, a visual programming language made specifically for creating games and virtual environments. It is designed to be accessible for children and enjoyable for anyone. The program runs on the Xbox or a PC. You can download the software free at the Kodu Game Lab.
Pixar and Khan Academy
Every day, learners around the world visit Khan Academy to brush up their skills and explore new subjects. Maybe you’ve studied math on Khan Academy, and maybe you’ve wondered how artists, scientists, and engineers use math to build amazing things. To help answer that question, Khan Academy, with support from Disney, teamed up with Pixar Animation Studios to create Pixar in a Box: a free online curriculum that shows how Pixar artists use the concepts we all study in school to create their amazing movies.
Learning basic programming skills...
Tutorial 1 - Using Turtles
Tutorial 2 - Starting to Program
Tutorial 3 - Loops and Conditions