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Technology Application TEKS—Implementing the NEW K–8 Standards
Technology Application TEKS—Implementing the NEW K
Creativity and innovation
Communication and Collaboration
Research and Information fluency
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making
Technology Operations and Concepts
TEKS K-8 Summary.xls
We must have kids learn how to use technology to further learning, but it is a grave mistake to not also fully emphasize the need to have
in addition to consumers of technology. For this nation to allow its citizens to continue to only
consume technology and to ignore the
creation of technology
will cause severe problems.
That is why I wrote and advocated for the SBOE to add specific computer science standards to K-8:
(1)(C) Explore virtual environments, simulations, models and
to enhance learning.
(4)(D) Collect, analyze, and represent data using tools such as word processing, spreadsheets, graphic organizers, charts, multimedia, simulations,
(6)(B) Use appropriate digital tools and resources for storage, access, file management, collaboration, and
designing solutions to problems
(4)(B) Collect, analyze, and represent data to solve problems using tools such as word processing, databases, spreadsheets, graphic organizers, charts,
multimedia, simulations, models and
(4)(B) Plan and manage activities to develop a solution,
design a computer program
, or complete a project.
K-5 CS Expectations
Compare and Contrast human-to-human communication with human-to-machine communication.
Visually plan and code a sequence of steps.
Understand the concept of a binary digit and pixels on a computer monitor.
Explore programming languages for elementary school students.
Discuss careers in computer science and robotics.
Lay a foundation for the new high school CS courses:
Game Programming and Design
Mobile Application Development
Robotics Programming and Design
Bee-Bot Blinking from TerrapinLogo
Computers get things done by a ―
executing a ―
, written in some
Programmers write instructions that a computer can understand to perform specific tasks.
There is a huge range of programming languages, ranging from the machine code that the hardware executes, to high-level programming languages.
What language is used depends on what problem needs to be solved.
Languages are growing exponentially and the machine includes many types of computing devices.
At the K-2 level using a “sign” language that has visual or drag-and-drop features is what is referred to as a beginning programming language.
Focus on Bee-Bot
brings the excitement of a floor robot into an on-screen virtual three-dimensional world,
using directional features from
is a visual programming language.
includes program design methodology tied to math standards
These are just a few. And don't forget the mark-up language HTML.
My favorite Computer Science Applications
Terrapin Logo with Bee-Bot, Pro-Bot, and Logo
Bootstrap with WeScheme
Program By Design with Racket
My Lesson Sites:
Posters and Videos
- Chatting with Kids About Being Online
- Stop Think Click - OnGuard Online
Why So Few?
Women in STEM
help on how to format text
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