App Authors Semi-Sequential Pathway Programming Plan

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Welcome to App Authors Semi-Sequential Pathway!

This approach to App Authors offers standalone lessons that each introduce a new coding concept with unplugged activities, coding lessons, and app creation in one three-hour session. Because this pathway includes six unique standalone lessons, it is great for public libraries where participants may attend one session or all of them.

Get Organized

App Authors utilizes Code.org lessons and unplugged activities to walk participants through the app building process. To get the most out of the App Authors program you will want to make sure that students have access to computers with adequate internet and access to Code.org. Every week prepare your icebreakers and unplugged activities with all the physical materials needed. 

Prepare Yourself

Take a look at these lesson plans and activities for every week of App Authors. Choose which pieces you will use and which pieces you will adapt. 

All of the lessons plans list activity times, so as you pick and choose activities you can design you App Authors sessions to fit your schedule. At the end of every App Authors session be sure to take time to reflect. App Authors has provided a retrospective survey for you to take at the end of every session. Remember, you do not have to be an expert to get kids engaged with coding and app production. By using our lessons and activities, App Authors will walk you through the process of learning to code alongside your participants. Time for retrospection is a great way for you to build confidence in your App Authors leadership skills and learn from the process! 

Contents Include

Week One: Algorithms Lesson Plan 

Week Two: Loops & Conditionals Lesson Plan

Week Three: Functions Lesson Plan 

Week Four: Variables Lesson Plan

Week Five: App Lab Lesson Plan

Week Six: Debugging Lesson Plan 

Week Seven: Sharing

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6–8 texts and topics.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.


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