“Code.org has developed an elementary school curriculum that allows even the youngest students to explore the limitless world of computing- at no cost for schools. The courses blend online, are self-guided and self-paced tutorials with “unplugged”activities that require no computer at all. Each course consists of about 20 lessons that may be implemented as one unit or over the course of a semester. Even kindergarten-aged pre-readers can participate.”(Code.org)
Although this is an American site designed primarily for US children, the resources and courses on it dovetail nicely with Computer Science lessons currently taught in this country and could prove very useful to teachers.
Code Studio offers three 20 hour courses.
The first is for K-1 children (aged 4-6), this course covers:
- Loops and events
- Meaningful collaboration with others
- Problem-solving and perseverance techniques
- Internet safety
The Second course is for beginner readers (Grades 2-5), aged 6 and above, this course teaches:
- ages 6+
- Binary code
- Societal impacts of computing
Course 3 is for Grade 4-5 children (ages 6 and above) and covers:
- Problem decomposition
- Nested loops and conditionals
- Digital citizenship
- Internet transmission methods
Teachers can sign their children up and see their progress. Teachers can also work through the courses before they introduce them to the children. There is a huge set of frequently asked questions designed to help. At the end of each of the courses, your students will be able create interactive games, or stories that they can share with their family and friends.