On-Demand Webinar

Teach Your 5-Year Old to Code!

Discovery Education’s Director of Professional Development Andrew Tidswell will present a lively and engaging session on teaching computational thinking in remote learning settings. He will pose and answer questions such as:

  • Why is computational thinking important? Has it become a new literacy
  • What is computational thinking?
  • What are the four pillars of computational thinking
    • Decomposition
    • Abstraction
    • Pattern Recognition
    • Algorithms
  • How can computational thinking be developed offline?

As many parents can attest, home is not school. Andrew will show how we can help children learn at home, without trying to replicate our children’s institutions. He’ll give tips and ideas on making learning fun through coding and the associated computational thinking skills, by tapping into students’ playful curiosity and imagination and understanding how children learn.

Andrew will also talk about logic and the “computational thinking cycle” and will show how you can encourage these skills offline. He will share simple practical examples for each of the four pillars and address:

  • How does this move online? Algorithm + Code = App
  • Intro to Discovery Education Coding—structured to support creativity
  • Building sample apps using the “Event, Object, Action” process
  • Debugging: a practical example of an essential skill

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