We were ready to teach kids how to code using a our Create your own Virtual Pet in Scratch workbook. Esperanza was prepared on their end with a brand new computer center. Everything was in place to get kids coding during the week of an Hour of Code. And then the inevitable happened. Esperanza's new computers went down right as we were getting started. This could have been disastrous, but we came prepared. We just so happened to have our Unplugged Code activity handy.
Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes. – Edsger Dijkstra 5 Reasons you should be Teaching Computer Science, Not Programs Computer programs, like Microsoft Word, are subject to change; they come and go. Computational thinking concepts are always relevant and can be applied to all computer programs. Computer science requires analytical thinking for problem solving and creativity in all subject matters. Computer science learnings stick with students long after they leave the classroom, and are carried on throughout their careers. Computer science teaches logic and applied mathematics. Computer applications do not teach this. They typically make a task easier rather [...]