Computer Science

  • In the Computer Science course, students will experience lessons on and off computer 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 (coding) solutions to problems using technology. Students will be able to experience being active creators of technology and not just passive consumers.

    The computer science courses are aligned to the K-12 computer science framework. 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, functions etc. The remaining time will be used for application of learned concepts to create projects using both computer science concepts and coding skills. CS classes blend opportunities for new learning with student-based challenges and problem solving. Computer Science is frequently referred to as coding.

    Computer Science lessons can be unplugged (not using technology) or they may utilize technology. At times, lessons are unplugged to help students understand core concepts like looping, algorithms, etc. In the case of unplugged lessons, the lessons are generally collaborative and engaging.

    What is Computer Science (CS) (and what is it not):

    • The study of computers and algorithmic processes, including their principles, their hardware and software designs, their applications, and their impact on society. (Tucker et. Al, 2006, p.2)
    • CS builds on computer literacy, educational technology, digital citizenship, and information technology.
    • CS is NOT the everyday use of computers, or use of the internet to search, or creation of digital presentations.
  • Grade 2 Students

  • Grade 3 Students

  • Grade 5 Students

  • 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 (CS) 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 in 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