Are there prerequisites for the course?
For the best course experience, we recommend a desktop or laptop computer with access to the Internet, though you can use a tablet or other mobile device. A Google account is required and basic familiarity and comfort using a web browser is helpful. Knowledge of Google’s products or computer science is not required.
What tools will we use?
A web browser is all that is required. All the tools we use will be accessed through the web browser embedded in the course.
Do I need to know how to program?
No, programming knowledge is not required. All you need to know is how to use a web browser.
Who is this course intended for?
This is an introductory-level course on computational thinking for teachers across the globe. Although the content is mostly targeted at high school teachers, teachers of other grades may also find it useful.
How much does the course cost?
The course is offered at no cost. All you need is a curious attitude and the desire to learn about integrating computational thinking into your classroom.
What is the format of the course?
The course consists of text lessons, supplemental videos, and practice activities. The final project is available for viewing, but can no longer be submitted.
How long will it take to complete the course?
The course is designed to be completed at your own pace. The course should take between 15-30 hours to complete.
How is this course different from the current resources in the Exploring Computational Thinking website?
Exploring Computational Thinking (ECT) is a website with a list of resources and CT-integrated activities and lessons. This course uses an online course format in order to raise awareness about computational thinking and show educators how to begin integrating computational thinking into their curricula in order to create resources similar to those found on the ECT site.
How do I complete this course? Will I receive a certificate upon completion?
This is a self-paced course that you can access at any time. Certificates are no longer available upon completion.
Is it possible for me to view the course content after the course closes?
Yes. Starting January 2016, certificates for completing the course will no longer be available; you will no longer be able to submit or review assignments; and support will no longer be available. However, you will be able to continue to collaborate in the G+ community. We will provide notice on the site before moving or removing the course.
I had previously completed the course, but no longer see my certificate. Where can I find it now?
If you had previously completed the course offered from July 2015 - January 2016, your certificate was emailed to you when you submitted your final project.
What is the difference between the course offered from July 15th - September 30th and this course?
There is no difference, the content is the same. We re-opened the course again from October 15th to December 20th to allow some extra time for educators that were busy during the summer time to complete the course.