Elementary Computer Science
Elementary Computer Science involves students learning to code both on-screen and through coding manipulatives. Rather than encountering coding through a specific course, students have many opportunities to learn about computer science and coding through in-class coding lessons and outside the classroom opportunities. Teachers and students access coding manipulatives such as Lego Coding Express (Pre-K), Terrapin Blue-Bots (PK-2), and Sphero SPRK+ (3-5) to learn coding knowledge and skills. Each campus has sets of coding resources. Teachers and librarians may choose to offer coding experiences in the classroom as part of co-curricular learning opportunities, when appropriate.
K-5 Students Invited to Participate in Virtual Coding Night
All Plano ISD students in grades kindergarten through fifth are invited to participate in Plano ISD’s first-ever Code Night taking place virtually on Wednesday, December 8 from 5-6:15 p.m. Registration is required via this form. Families who need Spanish translation should indicate so on the registration form.
Superintendent Sara Bonser will kick-off the event, which will be followed by a coding lesson provided by the Family Code Night team. The event will introduce families and their students to coding and computer science using fun puzzles and special tips.
For the evening, participants will need a charged Chromebook, laptop, or PC, and internet access. Families who need assistance in obtaining internet access should contact their school’s campus technology assistant.
The goal of this event and the Plano ISD PK-12 Computer Science Program is to provide opportunities for students to learn to code in every grade level. Families can learn more about opportunities offered in the district at https://www.pisd.edu/computerscience. District science coordinators are currently writing a curriculum for K-5 elementary computer science that will allow students to engage with coding learning opportunities during the school day.
Questions should be directed to Dan Blier, Plano ISD computer science curriculum specialist.
For more information, view the flyer below: