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
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.
- 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.