Seeing Into the Future: Introducing Coding to Young Children
Date: Monday, May 12, 2014
Course #: WEB109
Time: 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. CT
Credit Available: 0.1 CEUs; 1.5 CPDUs
Today’s computer code is a language that offers children a bright tomorrow. With empowering opportunities clearly on the horizon for this generation of young children, it is critical that early childhood educators understand the basics of coding and it’s importance as tool for young children to possess in their early years. Learning to write computer code opens avenues for individual forms of self-expression, creativity, and personal fulfillment; and early childhood educators can offer intentional developmentally appropriate experiences that relate. This webinar presents five topics from the world of computer coding and demonstrates connections to real-world early childhood experiences with literature, manipulatives, artistic endeavors, games, and collaborative problem-solving.
Frances Judd, and alumna of Erikson Institute, is an educational app developer, consultant, and online reviewer. As co-founder of "Mrs. Judd's Games," she brings expertise from her 25 years as a teacher at Chicago's Francis W. Parker School, and her background as a freelance toy/game designer for companies such as Hasbro and Playskool. Her current work places the burgeoning world of touch-screens and digital technology within a framework of developmentally appropriate, sensory-rich experiences for children.