Hello! I have spent the past several months reflecting upon the TeachCode curriculum that was piloted successfully in New York City, and am making changes to the materials so that they will better serve teachers and students who wish to learn code.
For those who don't know about the TeachCode project, it focuses on helping schools include a full-year code curriculum that can be included in the regular school day as a daily class. The curriculum includes lesson plans that are mapped to Common Core curricula, rich assessments, and classroom materials like powerpoint presentations and videos to help teachers deliver material in an engaging manner. Additionally, this site will provide links to further instruction to reinforce the skills of students who may be struggling with concepts, provide extension lessons for students who are more advanced, and give teachers extra materials from which to learn and prepare.
As a former teacher with ten years of classroom experience, I understand the difficulty of planning material while trying to learn a new skill. Yet, as an educational consultant and software engineer in test, I recognize that we all must dive into something new to provide rich learning opportunities for students and help prepare them to explore, problem solve, think critically, and become independent learners using technology as a vehicle. This is why I am working on TeachCode: to make it easier for curious and engaged teachers to work together with their equally curious and engaged students to explore something new.
Currently, I am working to raise funds for the first year of official implementation of TeachCode. I am also working to find college and university partners willing to work with TeachCode to place undergraduate computer science, programming, or technologically talented interns in schools to both provide role models for students and technological expertise for teachers.
Anyone who may be interested in working on the official first-year implementation of TeachCode in 2015-2016, please do not hesitate to contact me!
All the best,
Dr. Jessica Ingrassellino
Jessica. . . is practical and honest about the challenges in education; but manages to make you feel like you can help solve the world's problems. Any time you can hear Jessica speak or read her work, you should do it.