Resources that relate to CS standards implementation and frameworks.
A public document that lists each state and has the progress (yes, in progress, soon in progress, no) toward defining computer science and establishing rigorous K-12 computer science standards (on third tab - 'Standards')
Links to a variety of CS curriculum available to districts. If you would like more detailed information on product reviews, sign up to follow the No Fear Coding Blog.
Teachers are not required to have any programming experience when they come to teach coding using CodeMonkey. The game is accompanied by a curriculum guide which includes 35 detailed lesson plans with both online and offline activities. Teachers also have exclusive access to a dashboard where they can track student progress and achievements and display different students’ solutions to the entire class for discussion.
ES, MS, HS
Code.org has curriculum for all grade levels. They begin with a K-5 curriculum called Fundamentals, move into CS-Discoveries for 6-8th grade, and include HS curriculum that helps prepare students to take the AP - CS-Principles exam. Elementary teachers have access to free Professional Development by regional partners - click here to see map. Middle and High schools teachers can also apply for free professional development - click here.
Upper ES, MS
Activies that introduce students to computer science using Scratch. All materials are free and include connections to a variety of high interest areas such as: Fashion and Design, Art, Social Media, Sports, Friends. The materials include easy to follow student activities, teacher lesson plans, and downloadable materials that include passports and badges that students can earn.
ES, MS, HS
Scratch is an open-source block coding program that can be used by all grade levels. The Exploring Computer Science high school curriculum includes the use of Scratch. Since Scratch is open-source, it can connect to a variety of physical computing devices such as Lego-WeDo kits, MaKey MaKey, PicoBoard, and Raspberry Pi products. Educators have access to free resources, tips, and curriculum guides. They can also create a free teacher account where they can set up class accounts.
ES+, MS, HS
Vidcode has a computer programming pathway for 4th - 12th grade students that includes the following courses:
Fees associated with the product are 'by quote.". The Cross-disciplinary units are great for upper elementary schools and/or a K-8 or middle school working toward implementing CS standards into their curriculum.
Tools that will help you better understand Computer Science teaching pedagogy, equity, and access.
One of the best books published on the inequality issues that exist computer science, this is an excellent resource for administrators to provide teachers for a book study. Beginning with an investigation into why so few African American and Latino high students study computer science, this book provides possibilities in ending segregation through systematic reform.
ES, MS, HS
Computer Science Teaching Tips posters that were created through funding by the National Science Foundation. This work was the collaboration of NSF, Harvey Mudd College, and the SageFox Consulting Group.
A review of the book No Fear Coding, Ed Tech Round Up recognizes that with more schools, districts, and states shifting towards or considering computer science standards for their K-5 curriculum, elementary teachers can understandably be concerned about how to implement lessons aligned to those standards. Particularly when teachers don’t have a computer science background, knowing how to design activities that meet these standards can be an issue. Click here for full review.