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Getting Over a Fear of Teaching Coding to Kids with Regena Landry – Easy EdTech Podcast 162

In this episode, robotics and STEM educator Regena Landry joins to discuss her journey with teaching coding to kids and how educators can get over a fear of coding in the classroom. If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “Why is coding important?” then you’ll want to tune into this conversation. You’ll also hear about free, paper-based and digital tools for any educator to get started with computational thinking and coding with students of all ages!

This week’s episode is titled: “Getting Over a Fear of Teaching Coding to Kids with Regena Landry.” And I am so excited for you to hear this conversation with robotics and STEM educator Regena Landry. I first came across Regena’s work while reading new articles on Edutopia. She shared a piece all about her journey with coding and I thought the topic of getting over a fear of coding would be a great one to explore on the podcast. The idea of teaching coding to kids and incorporating computer science is one that can feel intimidating if you don’t have a lot of personal or professional experience in this area.

If you listened to episode number 153 with Laurie Guyon about making computer science standards fun, then this is a great companion piece to that conversation.

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Teaching Coding to Kids Tips

  • First, introduce computational thinking without technology.
  • Next, connect to step-by-step, every day experiences.
  • Then, explore online resources like scratch.
  • Finally, build this way of thinking into everyday interactions.

Sponsored by EdTech Essentials

This episode is sponsored by EdTech Essentials: The Top 10 Technology Strategies for All Learning Environments, my newest book from ASCD. Readers will find, timely, and accessible lesson ideas and strategies. EdTech Essentials shares ways to prepare students to be productive, responsible users of technology both within and outside the classroom. Find EdTech Essentials on Amazon, or head over to ClassTechTips.com to learn more and download the free study guide. A quick note about Amazon: If you search for me, Monica Burns, on Amazon you’ll see some spicy books from an author with the same name as me – so if you head to my website, you’ll find more information about the book and a direct link to find EdTech Essentials on Amazon.

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Blog Author and EdTech Consultant Dr. Monica Burns

Monica Burns

Dr. Monica Burns is a former classroom teacher, Author, Speaker, and Curriculum & EdTech Consultant. Visit her site ClassTechTips.com for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

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