The Industrial Model of Education Must Change! Showing/watching this video begins the case for change! Integrating computer science into the curriculum that schools already teach is just one step we can take to help provide a more connected school to life experience for our students.
In this video, originally created by Hadi Partovi the founder of www.Code.org, spokespeople from Bill Gates to Mark Zuckergberg, from rock stars to NBA all-stars, are all advocating for students to learn basic coding. Computer Science accelerates a child's development; it stimulates creativity and builds confidence, especially for girls. Computer Science and Computational Thinking have the potential to lift up an entire generation of American youth regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic background.
Megan Clune is a Professional Teaching Fellow at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, working in the area of science and mathematics.
Her lesson plan focuses on animal life cycles for Grades 4-5.
Students will be able to:
● sort their animal into groups, justifying their choices( task decomposition)
● recognize the similarities and differences between the features and life-cycles of selected animals (pattern recognition)
● identify relevant components of a life-cycle and relate these to an animal type
● define a process by which to name any given animal from a larger selection (algorithm design)