Free, easy-to-use activities and curriculum introduce students ages 9-14 to computer science through themed projects that attract students with varied interests. Instructional videos guide students through each activity, so no coding experience is needed to teach!
This program is based on Google’s CS First Music & Sound club curriculum and has been customized by Homer (AK) Public Library for a week-long coding camp to introduced kids ages 8-11 to basic computer science concepts while they create digital music, sound and video. Library staff worked with a music educator to deliver the program content.
This self-paced course helps educators learn about computational thinking and how it can be integrated into a variety of subject areas. Divided into five units, the course provides real world examples as well as supplemental readings to support your learning.
For many libraries, access to high-speed internet and computers are barriers to connecting to web-based computational environments and even allowing multiple users to use simple websites or play how-to videos. Broadband internet access is an urban and rural problem with a disproportionate impact on African American and Latino communities. How can library staff provide opportunities for youth to engage in CT opportunities when access to hardware and broadband is limited?
Developed by the Creative Communities Research Group at the University of Colorado Boulder, Family Creative Learning is a workshop series that engages children and their parents to learn together — as designers and inventors — through the use of creative technologies.
Lesson plans & activities, Professional development
Video host Cathleen Clifford sits down with Groton (Conn.) Public Library Librarian Emily Sheehan and Teen Services Librarian Jessa Franco to discuss how they are using the Libraries Ready to Code grant to teach coding skills to teens in their Hacker Club, who then teach those skills to younger students.
The Public Library Association is working to help libraries learn about and implement successful family engagement strategies. The web resources include toolkits, marketing materials, and a report completed with the Harvard Family Research Project.
A preschool storytime activity or passive program that features sign boards that act as prompts at different stations to encourage grown-ups and their young children to play and learn together while building computational thinking literacies.