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Webinar – Coding as a Playground – Exploring Early Childhood Coding with Dr. Marina Bers
February 23, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Join us on Tuesday, Feburary 23rd at 1pm (EST) for the webinar – “Coding as a Playground – Exploring Early Childhood Coding with Dr. Marina Bers“
Coding in early childhood? Dr. Marina Bers, co-founder or KinderLab and author of the newly updated Coding as a Playground 2nd Edition, will share how coding, engineering, and computational thinking can be age appropriate even for young children from Pre-K through 2nd grade. In fact, coding can support our many developmental goals for these young learners, allowing them to engage in critical thinking, literacy skill acquisition, problem solving, self-expression, and social-emotional development.
Join us as we invite Dr. Marina Bers to share her research on how young children (ages 7 and under) can engage in coding and computational thinking in the early learning classroom. Bringing creative coding into early childhood classrooms allows children to move, dance, tell stories, and explore new ideas. By providing age-appropriate technology, such as the screen-free KIBO robot, educators promote problem solving, imagination, cognitive challenges, social interactions, motor skills development, and emotional exploration with their young students.
Dr. Bers will share research and examples from her book that showcase coding as a new literacy – a new way for children to express and share their ideas. She will also discuss examples of how you can easily integrate coding into different curricular areas to promote literacy, math, science, engineering, and the arts through a project-based approach that you can implement in your own classrooms.
Attend this webinar and learn:
-How to easily integrate coding into the early childhood classroom, from preschool through early elementary school
-Activity suggestions for hands-on play
-How teaching computational thinking supports key elements of child development
-How coding creates a playful learning environment
Attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a copy of Dr. Marina Bers’ newly released second edition of her book, Coding as a Playground: Programming and Computational Thinking in the Early Childhood Classroom.
Dr. Marina Bers – Professor and chair of the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University, and co-founder of KinderLab Robotics, Inc.
Jason Innes – Manager of Training and Curriculum Development, KinderLab Robotics, MA