This book is part of
the ISTE Computational Thinking and Coding in the Classroom Series. The other
book in the series is Creative
Coding: Lessons and Strategies to Integrate Computer Science Across the 6-8
Coding and computational thinking are
among the skills that will serve students well in the future. Coding goes beyond
websites and software – it’s an essential component in finding solutions to
everyday problems. Computational thinking has many applications beyond the
computer lab or math class – it teaches reasoning, creativity and expression,
and is an innovative way to demonstrate content knowledge and see mathematical
processes in action.
No-Fear Coding shows K-5 educators how to bring coding into their curriculum
by embedding computational thinking skills into activities for every content
area. At the same time, embedding these skills helps students prepare for coding
in the middle grades as they build their knowledge.
To help teachers easily and effectively introduce coding, the book
Classroom-tested lessons and activities designed for skills
Ready-to-implement coding exercises that can be incorporated
across the curriculum.
Alignment to ISTE and Computer Science Teachers
Association (CSTA) standards.
Case studies and explorations of technology
tools and resources to teach coding.
About the Author
Heidi Williams is a
passionate coding and computational thinking advocate. Her over 25 years of
experience in education include serving as language, science and mathematics
teacher for grades 6-8, as well as roles as a differentiation specialist,
technology integration specialist, instructional coach, gifted and talented
coordinator, elementary principal and K-8 director of curriculum. Williams has
shared her passion for integrating coding into the curriculum at local, state,
regional and national conferences, and many have leveraged her expertise for
conference presentations, coding coaching, professional development and K-12
scope and sequence alignment of computer science skills throughout the
If you’re interested in supporting K-5 computational thinking, No Fear
Coding is an excellent resource with a wide variety of strategies and
activities that is also an incredibly approachable read, even for teachers who
have no background in coding or computer science. –EdTech