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Title: Combining Non-Programming Activities with Programming for Introducing Foundational Computing Concepts
Authors: Grover, Shuchi
Jackiw, Nicholas
Lundh, Patrik
Basu, Satabdi
Issue Date: Jul-2018
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc. [ISLS].
Citation: Grover, S., Jackiw, N., Lundh, P., & Basu, S. (2018). Combining Non-Programming Activities with Programming for Introducing Foundational Computing Concepts. In Kay, J. and Luckin, R. (Eds.) Rethinking Learning in the Digital Age: Making the Learning Sciences Count, 13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2018, Volume 2. London, UK: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: This paper describes the design of non-programming activities aimed at aiding early exploration of hard-to-learn introductory CS concepts (specifically, variables and loops) as well as accompanying bridging programming activities in Scratch. These interactive digital and unplugged activities draw on recent research in dynamic math representations. Empirical research that examines the use of these activities in diverse classrooms shows promise of our unique approach and also points to improvements for future iterations of this design research.
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