This fundamental course imparts vital computer science knowledge to students, covering everything from code and its functionality to safeguarding personal data and online activity for success and security in the current technological era.
As a teacher-led course, Computer Science Essentials provides all the materials that any teacher, regardless of their experience with the subject, needs to facilitate the class.
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Grade Band: Grades 3-5
Format: Modular Units
Students learn how to stay safe on the web.
Students differentiate the layers of software (OS, Program, Browser, etc.) and understand the anatomy of a computer.
Students learn the fundamentals of computer science (sequencing, abstraction, iteration, encoding).
Students create mockups and designs for their own programs to gain an understanding of the app design process.
Students learn netiquette and understand their responsibility to be respectful to their fellow netizens.
Students get hands-on experience creating algorithms to solve problems.
The program will have students apply core math concepts including pattern recognition, estimation, and calculating percentages.
Students learn about developers, IT specialists, designers, cybersecurity professionals, and scientists.
This course introduces students to a variety of STEAM topics, serving to provide them with knowledge in science, math, and tech-related disciplines and to reinforce their learning in other classes.
Students will learn about the functions and foundational principles of sequencing, algorithms, loops, and if- statements.
Students will be taught the rules of safe digital interaction, and the core principles of cybersecurity, online safety, and digital citizenship.
Students will learn about the basic hardware and software makeup of computers and the impact of each component on the larger system.
Students will understand the concepts 'copyright’ and ‘plagiarism’ to not only protect their content online but to also give credit to artists and creators when credit is due.
Students apply core math concepts including pattern recognition, estimation, and calculating percentages.
This course is built with the 5 SEL competencies in mind.
Students will be given the chance to recognize where they can begin setting goals to successfully organize and reach objectives.
Students will develop their time management skills by having a mixture of “explore time” and “assignment time” where they will be required to learn and practice along with the instructor.
Students will develop their social skills by working together with their teammates as they learn the core principles of teamwork and effective communication.
Students explore how to make constructive choices and learn how to responsibly evaluate their actions based on potential consequences
Students build and maintain healthy relationships with other players through community, cooperation, trade, and peacefully resolving conflict.
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