The Code Twins, a children’s book from Skyward, introduces coding concepts to young readers of all backgrounds as they take on a programming mission with the book’s main characters—Brett, Yvette, and their robot friend, Cody Point Two. Along the way, Brett and Yvette help to code Cody Point Two to learn and accomplish new tasks. Their story, told in verse, features colorful illustrations and engaging experiences that demonstrate problem solving, critical thinking, interdisciplinary learning, and more. The ebook, which is sponsored by Mid-State Technical College and the Central Wisconsin InformationTechnology Alliance, is currently available to download at no charge in various formats (Kindle, Apple Books, ePub, or PDF).
Are you curious how you might integrate computer science in your upper elementary classroom, or are you looking for a unique way to have your students share their favorite books? With technology playing an increasingly important role in every profession, a foundational understanding of computer science is becoming an essential component of student learning. To authentically integrate computer science and literacy, I’m going to teach you how to support your students in using block-based coding to program book trailers.
Google’s Kick Start challenge offers coders around the world the chance to develop and hone their programing skills through online-hosted competition rounds. The three-hour rounds feature a variety of algorithmic challenges, all developed by Google engineers so that students get a sense of the technical skills needed for a career at Google.