What is Code.org?
Code.org has six Computer Science Fundamentals for K-5 students that are flexibly designed for teachers new to CS who want to offer accessible and equitable introductory Computer Science courses to their students. Computer science fosters creativity and teaches students critical thinking skills to become proactive learners, so elementary school is the ideal time for students to be introduced to CS. CS Fundamentals is aligned to the 2017 Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) standards. Each course includes comprehensive lesson plans, plugged and unplugged activities, and support resources for teachers. You don’t even need a user account to try it out.
How do I access Code.org?
Teachers and students in grades K-5 should access BrainPOP from Clever by visiting this link.
Username: ISD Network ID as email (e.g. – email@example.com for staff, and cropkat17 for students.)
Password: User defined for teachers and their 7 Digit Student ID number. In Family Access (Skyward) this will be displayed as “Other ID.” If a student’s ID begins with a zero, the zero will be part of their password.
Teachers in secondary schools may create a Code.org account for free on the Code.org website.
Code.org courses are labeled A-F but basically align one per grade level starting at A with kindergarten. There are also Express Courses for pre-readers and readers that move through the curriculum at a much faster pace.
Teachers should sign up for a Code.org account on their website and then add sync their section with Clever, here is an article that details those steps.
The unplugged lessons are key for students to link understanding of the content they are practicing online with the Computer Science concepts and vocabulary.
Where can I get help with Code.org?
If you haven’t already attended a Code.org workshop they are a great way to learn all the ins and outs and get STEM clock hours. You can search for professional development workshops on the Code.org website. Also, the Living Computer Museum offers FREE training for members that include Code.org workshops, and educators get FREE memberships to the museum.
Each school building has an Ed Tech Lead (a fellow staff member) who can help you with any questions you might have. You can find out who your Ed Tech Lead is here.
You can always contact any of the Instructional Technology Specialists in the Ed Tech department as well. We are here to help.