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Making K-8 CS A Reality

Author: 
North, Karen
Issue Date: 
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Description: 
Should computer science be taught in grades K-8? Can it be taught to students that young? CSTA's Level I committee believes the answer to both questions is Yes. In this presentation Karen indicates why kids should do programming; and provides specifics on dealing computers as machines, software applications, problem solving with computers including algorithms at this level, as well as the social context of computing including resources.
Keywords: 
K-8, teaching resources, robotics, algorithms, programming, social context
Education Levels: 
Middle School
High School
Intended Audience: 
Educator
Type: 
Instructional Material : Lecture/Presentation
Publisher: 
CS&IT Symposium 2008
URL: 
http://csta.acm.org/ProfessionalDevelopment/sub/CSIT08Presentations/Nort...
CSTA Classification: 

CPP.L1:6-02

Use general-purpose productivity tools and peripherals to support personal productivity, remediate skill deficits, and facilitate learning.

CPP.L1:6-05

Construct a program as a set of step-by-step instructions to be acted out (e.g., make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich activity).

CD.L1:6-02

Understand the pervasiveness of computers and computing in daily life (e.g., voice mail, downloading videos and audio files, microwave ovens, thermostats, wireless Internet, mobile computing devices, GPS systems).

CPP.L1:6-09

Identify a wide range of jobs that require knowledge or use of computing.

CPP.L2-07

Identify interdisciplinary careers that are enhanced by computer science.

CD.L2-06

Describe the major components and functions of computer systems and networks.

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