Dec 07, 2018

Students as Creators with Computer Science

Blog post authored by Corey Rogers

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for so many reasons! I hope many of you enjoyed an Hour of Code as part of Computer Science Week and sharing the fun on social media with #HourOfCode, #CSforGWAEA, and #CSforIA. I can’t wait to see what you and your student create!

Our next Teacher Librarian workshop, on Dec. 11, 2018, is focused on “Empowering Students as Creators.” We’ll be exploring the related Future Ready Librarian Framework and ISTE Standards for Educators, and participant will have the opportunity to explore personalized learning pathways. As creators, students have big shoes to fill as citizens, designers and facilitators.

No matter the lens, computer science is one of many ways educators can empower students as creators! Even more exciting is the fact that the Iowa State Board of Education adopted voluntary statewide Computer Science standards in June 2018 to support teachers and students with computer science education!

The Iowa Computer Science standards are comprised of five concepts and seven practices.

The core concepts help to organize and highlight the five overarching domains of computer science and outline criteria for student understanding throughout their K-12 career.

The core practices highlight the behaviors and ways of thinking that allow students to fully engage in and change the world with computer science.

Combining core practices and concepts make up the computer science standards. Many teacher librarians are already engaging students in creating with computer science.

For example, Bowman Woods Elementary students using Scratch and Makey Makey’s to create classic games requires students to collaborate around computing to create a computational artifact (core practices 2 & 5) that include events, conditionals, and testing and debugging (all part of the Level 1B Algorithms & Programming core concept). Check out the Makey Makey Classic Game episode of Think, Make, Innovate to learn more.

We’re looking forward to hearing more of the ways you’re already empowering students as creators with computer science next week! Use the hashtags #GWAEALibs, #CSforGWAEA, and #CSforIA on social media to join the conversation.

Corey Rogers is a GWAEA digital learning consultant. Corey has eight years experience teaching middle school STEM, three years experience as a middle school media specialist, and four years experience as a school improvement and instructional technology consultant. She is passionate about coding, STEM, inquiry-based education, and personalized learning. Reach out to Corey with questions or suggestions at or @corey_rogers.