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New Course: Nurturing Computational Thinking in Early Childhood

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Investigation Based Teaching Practices™ is aligned with and strengthen Classroom Organization and Instructional Support strategies addressed in the CLASS™. These practical strategies support the thoughtful facilitation of children’s learning through investigative open-ended play. Kodo’s Investigation-Based Teaching Practices™ help educators recognize and establish habits of thoughtful responsive facilitation. This course bundle includes the following courses: Learning Approaches to Foster Engineering Adult and Child Interactions to Foster Engineering Enhancing the Environment to Foster Engineering Note: This learning bundle allows for 30 days to complete each course. Once a course is completed, the learner automatically gets access to the next course with 30 days to complete.  Read More

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(Course 1 of 3):  Investigation Based Teaching Strategies (IBTP) are practical strategies to support thoughtful facilitation of children's learning through open-ended investigative play.  In this installment of IBTP, participants will be introduced to the several types of engineering that happens in early learning environments, Kodo's TMI Design Process, and reflective practices to support engineering play. This course does involve two play sessions with materials away from the computer and time to observe children with guided questions based on the content. Read More

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(Course 2 of 3):  Investigation Based Teaching Practices (IBTP) are practical strategies to support thoughtful facilitation of children's learning through open-ended investigative play.  In this course segment of IBTP, participants will gain an understanding of the adult's role in the environment to facilitate engineering based learning, how to foster responsive interactions that do not hinder children's play, and how to promote intentional provocations. This course involves a reflective activity away from the computer to implement and practice what you have learned within the course. Read More

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(Course 3 of 3):  Investigation Based Teaching Practices (IBTP) are practical strategies to support thoughtful facilitation of children's learning through open-ended investigative play.  In this segment of IBTP, participants will explore how to become the designer of the space and the many elements that should be considered in the design.  Further, participants will take a closer look at the materials needed to promote a sensory-rich experience to foster engineering play. This course will encourage you to reflect on your environment through interactive activities. Read More

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Computational thinking, which includes the ability to analyze and solve problems in a logical and organized way, is an emerging priority in education. The importance of computational thinking extends across disciplines in our increasingly technologically advanced world. But where do we begin? In this course, we will present the foundational concepts of computational thinking and explore developmentally appropriate activities and tools (such as blocks, loose parts, and natural materials) that nurture computational thinking in early childhood. We will focus on the concepts of computational thinking that children first encounter in early childhood, including patterns, algorithms, and decomposition, and explore the many ways teachers nurture the development of computational thinking through play and conversations. Read More

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Engineering happens every day in early learning environments.  In this session, we will demystify engineering by clarifying what engineering is and identifying ways engineering is naturally incorporated in the industry and play of children. We will examine how providing intriguing loose parts and facilitating problem-solving using the design process are at the heart of engineering. We will introduce Kodo’s TMI Design Process to engender problem-solving skills, support children’s growing methods of communication, and introduce a framework for collaboration. Participants will learn how to foster engineering mindset in children by focusing on process, in addition to outcomes when facilitating their play and investigations. Come tinker with materials, experience engineering first hand, and the importance of reflecting, expressing and representing both our own work and the work of children. Read More

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