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Coding + Math

Strengthen K–5 Math Skills With Computer Science
Product code: CSMATH
ISBN: 9781564848253
Published: 2020
Topics: Coding & robotics, STEM & STEAM, Computational thinking, Curriculum, Standards
Length: 200 pages

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By Nicol R. Howard and Keith E. Howard

How-to books related to computer science (CS) and teaching CS in K-12 environments are often either step-by-step guides or reference books, with little or no connection to pedagogy. By contrast, Coding + Math offers the analytical foundation teachers need to inform their practice, specifically in mathematics.
This book will serve as a deep dive into CS integration for elementary teachers, providing guidelines for designing integrated CS/math curricula through case studies and practical examples. Grounded in research, the book’s mini-lessons contrast visual-based coding with text-based programming and provide guidance in the selection and creation of lessons, instructional materials and CS platforms to help educators prepare students for the careers of the future.
The book:

• Includes case studies in each chapter, with a research snapshot that contextualizes the key elements of the case study.

• Offers strategies for “getting out the blocks” and introducing text-based CS when students are ready.

• Examines the rationale and effectiveness of scaffolded approaches to CS — such as block coding, scripted and storyboarding — vs. traditional syntax-based and problem-solving approaches.

• Ties effective teaching strategies directly to the CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards, ISTE’s Standards for Computer Science Educators and the ISTE Computational Thinking Competencies.

This book will strengthen the ties between math and CS to support students’ achievement in math, as well as their future CS course selections and pursuits of CS careers.
About the Authors

Nicol R. Howard, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the School of Education at the University of Redlands. She has served as co-chair of ISTE’s Digital Equity Network. Her research foci are equitable uses of technology in K-16 classrooms, STEM education opportunities and achievement, and teacher education concerns. She’s a co-author of the ISTE books Closing the Gap: Digital Equity Strategies for the K-12 Classroom and Closing the Gap: Digital Equity Strategies for Teacher Prep Programs.

Keith E. Howard, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Attallah College of Education Studies at Chapman University. His research interests include technology use in education, ethical issues in K-12 education and equity issues in mathematics. Howard previously worked as a mathematics teacher, computer science teacher and technology coordinator in the Los Angeles Unified School District.