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Friday, March 4 • 10:30am - 11:15am
Sparking Creativity with Coding and Computer Science

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Participants will get an overview of various free and paid coding applications and the research behind them that shows their connection to Math, Reading, and Science state standards. I will give examples of how I use CodeSpark, Scratch, Tynker, and Code Monkey with Elementary students. Participants will be able to spend the bulk of the session exploring various coding apps and analyzing how they can incorporate them into their learning plans/units. Presentation Slides

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Al McArthur

Director of Digital Learning and Libraries, Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools
Al McArthur is the Director of Digital Learning and Libraries for Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools. He has previously served an instructional Technology Facilitator at both the Elementary and Secondary levels. He also taught Technology Engineering and Design to middle school students... Read More →
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Jill Grimm

7th Grade Science Teacher, Phillips Middle School and Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools
I am a 7th Grade Science Teacher and Department Chair at Phillips Middle School in Chapel Hill, NC. I have been teaching at Phillips for the past 13 years and previously taught in both Moore and Cumberland County schools for a total of 20 years. I consider myself a lifelong learner... Read More →

Friday March 4, 2022 10:30am - 11:15am EST
  Concurrent, Content and Instruction
  • Grade Span K-2, 3-5, 6-8
  • Devices Chromebooks, iPads, Tablets, Macbooks, PC Laptops, SmartPhones
  • Diversity I will begin my session with a disclaimer that earlier exposure to coding and computer science will give all students, in particular girls and students of color, an advantage in high school and college to seek out STEM careers. That they also promote higher-order thinking skills and build confidence. I will also share digital resources that are both free to schools and paid to ensure that all participants can take back at least one app that they want to use with their students.
  • Level Intermediate
  • Room 305B