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Coding as a Playground is a Course

Coding as a Playground

Oct 1, 2022 - Oct 31, 2022

$400 Enroll

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Workshop Information

Dates: October 22nd and 29th, 2022

Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Location: Carney Hall Room 308 | 281 Beacon St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

Workshop Description:

This two-day workshop targets preK-2 teachers who are interested in integrating computer science, computational thinking, and robotics into their early childhood classrooms with a playful, developmentally appropriate approach created by the The DevTech group led by Professor Marina Umaschi Bers. Participants will learn how to teach ScratchJr and KIBO robotics, a robotic kit that can be programmed without screens or keyboards by connecting wooden blocks. They will also be introduced to the pedagogical approach called “Coding as a Playground," as well as teaching strategies and materials to integrate programming with other areas of the early childhood curriculum, with a special focus on literacy, creative problem solving, arts and dance. Participants will experience this approach through hands-on projects and modeling of how to teach coding and robotics in an early childhood classroom. The workshop will explore how to take advantage of ScratchJr and KIBO to help children think in new logical ways, collaborate, and develop socio-emotional awareness. Participants will be given access to teaching resources including curriculum, videos, and assessment materials.

Learning Objectives:

Educators who attend this workshop will:

  • Understand the pedagogical and theoretical approach by discussing excerpts from the book “Coding as a Playground: Programming and Computational Thinking in the Early Childhood Classroom” by Marina Umaschi Bers
  • Explore different techniques to document student’s learning trajectories
  • Develop technical skills with KIBO and ScratchJr
  • Learn strategies for promoting home-school connections and community engagement through programming and robotics

Certification of Completion:

Participants will not receive academic credit nor a transcript documenting their participation in this workshop series. However, all participants will receive 15 PDP's.

Fees & Policies:

Registration closes October 21st. Refunds will only be granted up until the start of the first workshop at 9am on October 22nd. No refunds will be granted for registration or technical errors on the participant's part (such as incorrect name/email, login failure, etc.).

Additional offerings from the Lynch School Professional & Continuing Education Office can be found on our website

Workshop Presenters

Jessica Blake-West works with the DevTech Research Group as the ScratchJr Learning Experience Designer. She received her Master’s degree in Human Factors Engineering from Tufts University in 2022, and her Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from Brown University in 2020. Her work with DevTech primarily focuses on ScratchJr app development, curriculum development, coordinating research studies, and community outreach.