Incorporating Computer Science K-12

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Introduction to the Course

Computer science and programming skills are becoming an integral part of a student's education in our current society. In January of 2020, NYS drafted computer science and digital fluency standards that will be adopted under four guiding principles: Equity and Access, Interdisciplinary Connections, Coherence, and Relevance and Engagement. Though many skills within this discipline are currently taught, the connections between each course and units within these courses are not clear or have not been made. The inclusion of systems based thinking and promoting this discipline K-12 is crucial for students to connect these 21st century skills to their lives outside of school.

Throughout this course, learners will follow 5 units:

  • What is COMPUTER SCIENCE? And Why Should We Teach it K-12?
  • Grade Level Expectations
  • Applications in Each Content Area
  • Integration With An Example School Model
  • Resources and Key Instructional Technologies

At the end of this course, learners will create a draft K-12 district wide plan that encompasses computer science and digital literacy skills based on resources and content learned.

Learning Objectives of This Course

Learners will be able to do the following at the end of this mini course:

  • Describe the need for computer science and digital literacy in the K-12 age group and how it relates to their future in the technologically advanced society we live in.
  • Given a grade level, identify appropriate lessons and activities for computer science and digital literacy.
  • Promote digital literacy and computer science skills in any school district with media outlets such as the school websites, using premade graphics and posters.
  • Analyze an example school model of a K-12 computer science and digital literacy curriculum.
  • Create a district wide plan for implementing the computer science and digital literacy curriculum K-12 while following NYS's standards (January 2020 Version).
  • Identify sources of information and preplanned computer science and digital literacy activities.

Unit Directory

Unit 1: What is COMPUTER SCIENCE? And Why Should We Teach it K-12?

At the end of this unit, learners will be able to:

  • Define computer science and digital literacy.
  • Identify the need for K-12 computer science and digital literacy.
  • Identify the valuable skills students will develop from learning computer science and digital literacy.


Unit 2: Grade Level Expectations

At the end of this unit, learners will be able to:

  • Interpret the New York State Computer Science and Digital Fluency Standards.
  • Identify appropriate computer science and digital literacy content and activities for each grade level.
  • Organize computer science and digital literacy content and activities by grade level.


Unit 3: Applications in Each Content Area


At the end of this unit, learners will be able to:

  • Identify specific activities and content within content areas that can be applied to computer science and digital literacy.
  • Connect specific grade level content to the activity examples given in this unit.
  • Explain how using interdisciplinary approaches to implementing computer science and digital literacy will provide the groundwork for the K-12 curriculum.


Unit 4: Integration With An Example School Model

At the end of this unit, learners will be able to:

  • Analyze an example model of K-12 computer science and digital literacy.
  • Connect information from previous units to the example school model.
  • Create a list of examples from the school model that [the learner's] school district or classroom will be able to utilize.


Unit 5: Resources and Key Instructional Technologies

At the end of this unit, learners will be able to:

  • Experiment with online computer science simulations and digital literacy websites.
  • Promote digital literacy and computer science skills in any school district with media outlets such as the school websites, using premade graphics and posters.
  • Create a list of websites and resources that can be applied to [the learner's] school district or classroom when implementing computer science and digital literacy curriculum.
  • Create a district wide plan for implementing the computer science and digital literacy curriculum K-12 while following NYS's standards (January 2020 Version).

References and Resources

Computer and Information Technology Occupations Outlook [Fact sheet]. (2020, September 1). U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved October 2, 2020, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/home.htm

DRAFT NEW YORK STATE COMPUTER SCIENCE AND DIGITAL FLUENCY LEARNING STANDARDS. (2020, January). New York State Education Department. Retrieved October 1, 2020, from http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/programs/curriculum-instruction/draft-nys-k-12-computer-science-digital-fluency-standards.pdf

K-12 Computer Science Framework. (2016). K–12 Computer Science Framework Steering Committee. https://k12cs.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/K%E2%80%9312-Computer-Science-Framework.pdf

33 States Expand Access to K-12 Computer Science Education in 2019. (2019, July 11). Medium. Retrieved October 1, 2020, from https://medium.com/@codeorg/32-states-expand-access-to-k-12-computer-science-education-in-2019-7d2357fe6f3d