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Thursday, February 23 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Walk Forward, Turn Right, and Try Again- The Hidden Benefits of Teaching Programming in the Elementary Classroom FULL

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In this fishbowl session attendees will learn about the hidden benefits of habits of mind while teaching programming. They will also learn how other subject area teachers can incorporate programming related vocabulary and concepts into many lessons. Computational thinking concepts contain a vocabulary that is transferrable to every discipline we teach in school. That terminology should be integrated into lesson plans beginning with emerging readers so as to allow for better student understanding of the concept and universal application of the principles. Examples include programming in PE, programming incorporating math vocabulary and listening and reading closely.  Many proponents of computational thinking (a phrase first used by Seymour Papert in 1996) claim this is a new way to learn. What if, instead, it is the same way we have always learned, but conceptually aligned across disciplines and framed in an engaging way that challenges students to flex their higher order thinking muscles?  No matter what our students decide to do in life, it will involve some aspect of technology, something that is probably not around yet. What a better way to teach flexibility and trouble shooting than through programming.

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Martha Bowden

Technology Integration Specialist, The Episcopal School of Dallas
I love to explore technology tools with students in PreK through fourth grades and serve as a tech coach for teachers. Collaborating with classroom teachers to develop technologically integrated lesson plans, then watching them unfold as students create and collaborate is inspiring. Blended learning has unlocked new possibilities for our students. Respecting and nurturing student passion has transformed the process of learning for us all.
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Allison Hogan

PK Teacher,, The Hockaday School
Allison Hogan is a PK teacher at The Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas She holds a bachelor’s in communications from the University of North Florida and a graduate degree in education from Southern Methodist University, where she specialized in reading and English as a Second Language. She has been recognized as both an Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development Emerging Leader and a National Association of Independent Schools... Read More →

Thursday February 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
LS 103

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