Posted by Vicky Sedgwick on Jan 24, 2020
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How do you incorporate literacy into your classroom? Which books are in your CS K-8 library?

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How do you incorporate literacy into your classroom? Which books are in your CS K-8 library? The questions were part of the latest #CSK8 Twitter Chat, Book Talk: Building a Library for Computer Science Classes.

Since the 2014-15, CSTA has talked computer science for 5-14 year-olds on Twitter, using #csk8, on most first and third Wednesdays at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET from September through June. If you’re a CS K-8 educator, we encourage you to stop by and share your knowledge with the community. However, if you can’t make the chat, starting this month on The Voice, we’ll be highlighting the transcripts from these chats.

Book Talk: Building a Library for Computer Science Classes

During this chat, moderated by CSTA K-8 Board Representative Vicky Sedgwick, the community responded to the following questions:
  1. Why would we want to incorporate literacy into our K-8 computer science classes? What benefits does it provide?
  2. “Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world.” ~Robert McKee~ What fictional books and stories are you using in your CS instruction and for which grades?
  3. What non-fiction books or other texts would you recommend to inspire students to pursue CS? Examples would include books that teach the history of CS, help our students to understand the social implications of the digital world, etc.
  4. What guided tutorial or instructional books do you use in your classes or offer students that teach computing concepts? These could be for a specific language or in general.
  5. Students may want to borrow the books we use in class to read themselves. With limited time in class, we may not be able to use longer format books in CS classes. What CS books and periodicals, beyond those already mentioned, are in your classroom or school library?
  6. “The more that you read, the more things you will know.” ~Dr. Seuss~ What CS books are in your personal library that have helped improve your teaching? What books do you recommend that all CS teachers read?
Read the full transcript of the chat to see the community’s responses. Have things to add? Tweet your ideas using #csk8 and tag @csteachersorg.