Tuesday, March 7
10:15-10:45 AM
CST
Bickler

Supporting the Development of Elementary Students’ Creative Writing for Coding in the Scratch Environment

Full Paper ID: 50875
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    Young Hah
    QUESTABOX
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    Heejung An
    William Paterson University

Abstract: In order to successfully implement the ‘Computer Science for All’ initiative, it is critical to provide elementary teachers with high quality and age appropriate curricula that can be easily implemented into elementary school classrooms. This paper describes the instructional design of a curriculum called “Creative Writing for Coding” that supports children to develop creative writing skills for coding in the Scratch programming environment, designed with three essential principles to: 1) find and express the student’s own ideas; 2) develop computational thinking; and 3) discover the joy of learning. A preliminary evaluation indicates positive outcomes, thus encouraging the designers to further develop an exemplary model for integrating computer science in the elementary education curriculum.

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