Coding for Kids

Tuesday 1:00 - 1:50 PM CDT
While not every student might want to write their own software, understanding the big ideas of coding is a skill that all students would benefit from, even the very young ones. Understanding the key ideas of computational thinking – identifying patterns, thinking algorithmically, manipulating data, solving real problems, etc – is an important step in helping our students build mastery over their world.
This presentation will take you on a guided tour through some of the resources available to your students to help them learn the principles of creating code. We’ll check out a range of desktop and iPad apps suitable for teaching very young students to program, through to tools and websites that can help your older students learn to hack code, and much more.

About Chris

Chris Betcher is an Australian technology educator with a passion for helping students master their digital world. He is a part time technology integrator at PLC Sydney, one of Australia's leading independent schools, where he helps students and teachers use technology in meaningful and authentic ways. He also runs Crux Learning, a consultancy for schools looking to expand their use of digital learning, and he is a member of EdTechTeam Asia Pacific, offering fun, high energy professional learning events such as the Global Summits featuring Google in Education.
Chris has a curious mind, he asks way too many questions, and he likes to build cool stuff out of zeroes and ones. Connect with him at, on Twitter at @chrisbetcher, or on Google+ at +ChrisBetcher

Engage in Our Session


CLICK HERE to Engage in the ITEC Zoom presentation

(Tuesday 1:00 - 1:50 PM CDT)

Click on the link above during the presentation time Central Daylight Time (Time Converter) You will enter an online meeting.
  • If you are in the session room at ITEC, use earbuds or headphones to reduce the amount of feedback we will experience.
  • Hover your cursor over the window and menus will appear in the window.
  • Click on the Chat link at the bottom of the window and it will open the chatroom (back channel) we will be using during the session.
  • Click the microphone in the lower left corner of the window and it will mute your audio.
  • Click the Gallery link at the top right of the window and it will allow you to see all of the participants. (Use this link to select the format that best fits your needs.)
  • Engage in the Session. It doesn't matter if you are in Des Moines, Chicago, Los Angeles, Paris or Shanghai - This is an online professional development model that can support your faculty.

After the Conference, Watch Chris Betcher's K-12 Online Conference Video

We originally found Chris Betcher through his 11-minute video presentation for the K-12 Online Conference. You will be directed back to this video at the K-12 Online Conference site so that you can find additional information about the speaker as well as explore the other recorded presentations.

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