Five-Star Technology Solutions is proud to be a Google for Education partner! Our integration team works with teachers from across the country, helping them implement CS First in their classrooms. We love meeting teachers and learning about how they incorporate computer science into their lessons! In this post, some of our trainers share their top pieces of advice for teachers who are curious about trying CS First.
- I would advise the teacher to use the resources that Google has prepared – the passports, lesson plans, etc. – and to keep the lines of communication between other teachers who are implementing CS First open, both among and across grade levels and subject areas. – Meighan (@MeighanScott1)
- Just do it! Google makes it so easy to be brave and teach CS! So many amazing lessons and resources, plus a CS First community for tips and questions, make it a no brainer! – Sherry (@sherryngick)
- Expect problems to arise. This is a great opportunity to teach problem-solving. Students will react the way they see you react. – Cynthia (@ckbasham)
- Start simple and slow. Pick something fun and engaging, and the kids will take it from there! – Keshia (@keshiaseitz)
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- When introducing CS First I think it will be incredibly important to explicitly pre-teach the following things:
*How to learn from videos – the importance of pausing, rewatching, and thinking as they watch
*Specific Computer Science vocabulary – while students can figure out the skills and tasks without knowing the vocabulary, they will need to know/understand the vocabulary for state assessments and more advanced Computer Science learning – Katie (@MrsKBradford)
- Make it your own! Google provides all of the computer science instruction, but you can layer in as much content as you like. Don’t be afraid to add in your own lessons and activities (tech-based or not) to enhance the learning experience for your students. – Molly (@mkrupert)
- You do not have to be a master coder to start! Your job is to be the guide and allow students to problem solve and collaborate. – Zach (@Zach_Dodson)