Computational thinking and Coding for Every Student: The Teacher’s Getting-Started Guide.

Teacher's Book

Sage Publication

Computational thinking and Coding for Every Student:  The Teacher’s Getting-Started Guide.
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Empower tomorrow’s tech innovators


Foreword by Pat Yongpradit of

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Our students are avid users and consumers of technology. Isn’t it time that they see themselves as the next technological innovators, too?  Computational Thinking and Coding for Every Student is the beginner’s guide for K-12 educators who want to learn to integrate the basics of computer science into their curriculum. Readers will find 

  • Practical strategies for teaching computational thinking and the beginning steps to introduce coding at any grade level, across disciplines, and during out-of-school time
  • Instruction-ready lessons and activities for every grade
  • Specific guidance for designing a learning pathway for elementary, middle, or high school students
  • Justification for making coding and computer science accessible to all
  • A glossary with definitions of key computer science terms, a discussion guide with tips for making the most of the book,  and companion website with videos, activities, and other resources 

Momentum for computer science education is growing as educators and parents realize how fundamental computing has become for the jobs of the future. This book is for educators who see all of their students as creative thinkers and active contributors to tomorrow’s innovations.

“Kiki Prottsman and Jane Krauss have been at the forefront of the rising popularity of computer science and are experts in the issues that the field faces, such as equity and diversity. In this book, they’ve condensed years of research and practitioner experience into an easy to read narrative about what computer science is, why it is important, and how to teach it to a variety of audiences. Their ideas aren’t just good, they are research-based and have been in practice in thousands of classrooms…So to the hundreds and thousands of teachers who are considering, learning, or actively teaching computer science—this book is well worth your time.”

Pat Yongpradit
Chief Academic Officer,

Companion Website Foreword   Preface
Why This Book? Why Now?  
What to Expect  
A Note About Preparation  
Lights, Camera, Action!  
  Acknowledgments   About the Authors   Part 1: Storyboarding   Chapter 1. An Introduction to Computer Science
Computer Science Is Within You  
An Introduction to Computational Thinking  
What Computer Science Is  
What Computer Science Is Not  
  Chapter 2. Why Kids Should Have the Opportunity to Learn
What Computer Science Really Teaches  
A Look Back  
It Would Be Irresponsible Not to Introduce Computer Science  
  Part 2: Casting Call   Chapter 3. Try Your Hand at Coding
Time Well Spent  
Key Strategy: Pair Programming  
Teacher Warm-ups and Exercises  
  Chapter 4. Getting Started in the Classroom
Start Low-Tech  
Encourage Movement  
Foster Critical Consumption  
Protect Privacy and Prevent Cyberbullying  
Achieve Access  
Banish Anxiety  
  Chapter 5. Dos and Don’ts of Teaching Computer Science
1. DON’T Expect to Be an Expert  
2. DO Let Your Class Explore  
3. DO Let Your Class Share  
4. DO Give Kids Time to Move  
5. DO Get Creative  
6. DON’T Be a Bore  
7. DO Relate Computer Science to Students’ Lives  
8. DON’T Expect Cookie-Cutter Results  
9. DO Set Students up for Success  
10. DO Treat CS as an Art  
11. DO Give It a Try  
  Part 3: In Production   Chapter 6. Activities That Foster Computational Thinking
Thinking Computationally  
Digging Deeper Into Computational Thinking  
  Chapter 7. Decomposition
Decomposition Resources  
Lesson Plan: Break It Down!  
Decomposition: Break It Up!  
  Chapter 8. Pattern Recognition (With Pattern Matching)
Pattern Recognition Resources  
Lesson Plan: Divine Patterns  
  Chapter 9. Abstraction
Abstraction Resources  
Lesson Plan: So Abstract  
Sample Stories  
  Chapter 10. Automation
Automation Resources  
Lesson Plan: Algorithms and Automation— A Compliment Generator  
A Last Word on Computational Thinking  
What’s Next?  
  Chapter 11. Activities That Foster Spatial Reasoning
Spatial Abilities Tied to Success in STEM  
“Spatialize” Your Teaching  
Wrapping It Up  
  Chapter 12: Making With Code
Making Within STEAM Studies  
Design for Design Thinking  
“Freestyle” Making  
  Part 4: Your Feature Presentation   Chapter 13. Designing a Curriculum Continuum Across K–12     Chapter 14. Important Ideas Across All Grades
Pair Programming  
Learning to Learn  
Resources at the Ready  
Equitable Practices  
  Chapter 15. The Elementary Pathway
Kindergarten and First Grade  
Second and Third Grades  
Fourth and Fifth Grades  
Out-of-School Learning in the Elementary Grades  
Elementary Computer Science Resources  
Curriculum: Build an Alligator!  
  Chapter 16. The Middle School Pathway
Out-of-School Time in the Middle Grades  
Middle School Computer Science Resources  
Curriculum: Create Your Own Fortune  
  Chapter 17. The High School Pathway
Out-of-School Time in High School  
High School Computer Science Resources  
Curriculum: Roll the Dice  
  Chapter 18. Adapting Lessons for Your Class
1. The Lessons Are Only Suggestions  
2. Adapt a Lesson for Younger Students  
3. Adapt a Lesson for Older Students  
4. Create a Lesson to Squeeze Into Other Curricula  
  Chapter 19. What People Are Doing and How They Are Doing It Well
Taking It to the Streets: Build Community Enthusiasm for Computer Science  
  Afterword: Opportunities Abound Discussion Guide Glossary References Index

"Change in education and schooling comes in waves, and coding, computer science, and computational thinking represent the next very big wave. This very readable book will introduce teachers, parents and students to the future."

Dr Neil MacNeill, PhD, EdD.

This book will help a lot of educators take their first steps toward bringing
high quality programming experiences to their students. It offers clear examples
and good strategies supported by research and best practices.

Sylvia Martinez

Wondering whether this book is for you? Check out the “dos and don’ts” of
Chapter 5 and then take them to heart. I did!

Dr. James Cohoon University of Virginia

This book is so clear and so encouraging. I recommend it to my Girls Excelling
in Math and Science (GEMS) leaders as we work to incorporate more
computer science into our activities. The authors present a comprehensive
introduction to computing in a way that’s useful, readable, and fun.

Laura Reasoner Jones
HK$ 185.00