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Wednesday, July 26 • 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Asavavatana - Yes They CAN! Code, Create, and Make in Early Childhood!

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The words ‘coding’, ‘robotics’, or ‘engineering’ can sound very daunting to an early childhood educator, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Whether your classroom is wired for technology, or your students have never seen a device, things like coding and design can easily become an integral part of learning in early childhood education.
This session covers specific ways that you can introduce the basics of computational thinking (thinking like a robot!) to the youngest members of the school community, as well as ideas for integrating coding with core curricular areas such as literacy, math and science. It will further explore how the Engineering Design Process can complement coding and briefly look at 3D printing design projects that can work with young children. With these fundamentals, teachers can ensure that their classroom mirrors how we think, learn, and play in the 21st century.


Participants will:
-Learn ways to teach coding through both ""unplugged” activities and through the incorporation of devices.
-Walk away with resources and ideas for integrating technology with the core curriculum (Reading, Writing, Math or even Science)
-Look at some 3D printing design projects that work in early childhood
Have a chance to try out activities and tools

Speakers
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Pana Asavavatana

KA-2 Technology and Design Coach, Taipei American School
Pana is the KA-2 Technology and Design Coach at Taipei American School and an Apple Distinguished Educator. Prior to this she taught in early childhood classrooms for seven years. She has studied, lived and worked on three continents in eight different cities. Pana shares her own... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Arlington Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience Early Childhood
  • Session Level All