Spark Interest in Computer Programming with Videos, Hands-On Activities and More

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13 pages


The CodeFWD program is a bundle of 3 free lesson plans for teachers who want to inspire interest in computer programming through videos, discussions, hands-on activities, and quizzes. The download is a 13-page pdf file which provides detailed information on WHAT is included in the CodeFWD program, HOW to access it, and TIPS for incorporating CodeFWD into your classroom. No previous computer programming experience is needed. Video, quizzes and hands-on coding activities are accessed online after creation of a free CodeFWD account.

Who it's good for: Credentialed teachers or non-profit educators who work with 4th through 8th graders in the United States. No prior computer programming experience necessary!

Time needed: About 2 hours total, which can be broken up into 3 different sessions

Supplies needed: Access to the Internet, computers or tablets for students (recommend 2 students per computer / tablet), projector and sound device

Table of contents:

  • What is CodeFWD
  • How to get started with CodeFWD
  • FAQ's about CodeFWD
  • Contents of Module 1 - Teacher prep video
  • Contents of Module 2 - “What is computer programming” video for students, teaching points, discussion prompts, student handout
  • Contents of Module 3 - Hands-on “block coding” exercises for students, teaching points, discussion prompts, student handout
Total Pages
13 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 hours
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