In Computer Science classes, students will experience lessons that are designed to expose all students to the concepts of computational thinking and algorithmic processes. In this class, students will have the opportunity to apply computer science concepts to designing and building solutions to problems using technology. Students will use technology to create, collaborate, and think critically.
Computer Science classes are aligned to the K-12 Computer Science Framework and the K-12 CSTA Computer Science Standards. A portion of the class will be focused on engaging students in critical computer science concepts such as code, symbol, sequence, algorithm, pattern, command, loop, conditions, and functions. The remaining time will be used to apply learned concepts to create projects using computer science concepts and coding skills.
Why is it being offered in grades 2, 3, and 5?
District 65 determined a need and an interest in adding curricular experiences in social-emotional learning and STEM. The School Board agreed to add these courses to the K-5 curriculum and it was determined that each student would have three years of programming for each. Social Emotional and Equity Learning (SEEL) is being offered in kindergarten, first grade, and fourth grade and Computer Science is being offered in second, third, and fifth grade.
Will the course be graded? Is it on the report card?
This course is not graded and will not be on the report card. We will continue to collect data from student surveys to check for engagement and growth at the beginning and end of the school year.
Sample Resources Used by the Computer Science Course