My students are English Language Learners who are enthusiastic about learning. They come from low income families struggling to give their children a chance to become the first generation to go to college. Their own families are not able to expose them to the new technology many affluent families are able to provide their children. In my classroom I am trying to bring some equity to their lives by providing them the opportunities to interact with technology so that they can become the future computer scientists of the world. I teach computer science in my classroom and we do a lot of unplugged activities to learn coding skills, problem solving and mathematical thinking. My students are learning these skills in two languages English and Spanish.
Dot and Dash, Robot Turtle and Robot Mice are coding games that will help develop the basic skills necessary for my Kindergarten students to learn coding. As they play they will also be problem solving, and building mathematical skills.
Teaching Computer Science will help prepare my students to become scientists, mathematicians and problem solvers in the future.
When we teach computer science we teach them that computer science help people solve problems and express themselves. Computer science also helps them understand mathematical concepts such as algorithms, recognizing and create patterns and sequencing.
The games mentioned above helps support the development of these skills as they play the game. In addition it helps develop their creativity and to solve problems as they encounter difficulties while playing.
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