Augustus Long Professor of Education,
Lynch School of Education and Human Development
Secondary appointment, Department of Computer Science
Affiliated faculty, Schiller Institute for Science and Society
Director, DevTech Research Group
Written by Marina Umaschi Bers, Coding as a Playground, Second Edition focuses on how young children (ages 7 and under) can engage in computational thinking and be taught to become computer programmers, a process that can increase both their cognitive and social-emotional skills. Readers will learn how coding can engage children as producers―and not merely consumers―of technology in a playful way. You will come away from this groundbreaking work with an understanding of how coding promotes developmentally appropriate experiences such as problem solving, imagination, cognitive challenges, social interactions, motor skills development, emotional exploration, and making different choices.
Featuring all-new case studies, vignettes, and projects, as well as an expanded focus on teaching coding as a new literacy, the second edition helps you learn how to integrate coding into different curricular areas to promote literacy, math, science, engineering, and the arts through a project-based approach and a positive attitude to learning.
The Coding as a Playground book guide aligns with chapters from the book, Coding as a Playground (2nd ed.) by Marina Umaschi Bers. Each section provides reading guidelines, activity suggestions for hands-on play, prompts to reflect on new learning, and opportunities to take the concepts discussed in the chapter further with additional resources.
Please note that you will need access to a copy of the book to follow along.