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  • Free, easy-to-use activities and curriculum introduce students ages 9-14 to computer science through themed projects that attract students with varied interests. Instructional videos guide students through each activity, so no coding experience is needed to teach!

    Resource Type:
    Lesson plans & activities
  • This program is based on Google’s CS First Music & Sound club curriculum and has been customized by Homer (AK) Public Library for a week-long coding camp to introduced kids ages 8-11 to basic computer science concepts while they create digital music, sound and video. Library staff worked with a music educator to deliver the program content.

    Resource Type:
    Lesson plans & activities
  • Two characters meet in a world and discover a surprising object. What happens next? It’s all up to students, who have the opportunity to use their imagination and creativity to code their own story.

    Resource Type:
    Lesson plans & activities
  • This self-paced course helps educators learn about computational thinking and how it can be integrated into a variety of subject areas. Divided into five units, the course provides real world examples as well as supplemental readings to support your learning.

    Resource Type:
    Professional development, Tutorial, Website
  • The Public Library Association is working to help libraries learn about and implement successful family engagement strategies. The web resources include toolkits, marketing materials, and a report completed with the Harvard Family Research Project.

    Resource Type:
    Strategies, Professional development
  • A variety of tools library staff can use to begin implementing activities to help understand community needs.

    Resource Type:
    Strategies, Professional development
  • This report focused on implementation of connected learning in libraries, does an excellent job of explaining what connected learning is and why and how it is beneficial for libraries to integrate connected learning ideas into their programs and services for youth and families.

    Resource Type:
    Strategies, Professional development
  • Curated by the Connected Learning Alliance, this is a one-shop to find video, reports, podcasts, and more describing how Connected Learning works in libraries.

    Resource Type:
    Strategies, Professional development
  • This site shares all of the resources and guidelines that Normal Public Library uses to run a mentorship program that pairs youth with an adult mentor who has experience in technology.

    Resource Type:
    Professional development, Website
  • This online textbook covers many of the topics central to the ideas libraries need to embrace when supporting and providing computational thinking activities. Chapters topics include connected learning, design thinking, how children learn, and developing learning assessments.

    Resource Type:
    Strategies, Professional development
  • This article serves as a guide to what Finland is doing to innovate their curriculum and prepare their students for a changing world.

    Resource Type:
    Books & magazines, Professional development
  • An overview of what computational thinking (CT) is and why it is important for libraries to add computational thinking activities to services for all ages.

    Resource Type:
    Professional development
  • Developed by the Creative Communities Research Group at the University of Colorado Boulder, Family Creative Learning is a workshop series that engages children and their parents to learn together — as designers and inventors — through the use of creative technologies.

    Resource Type:
    Lesson plans & activities, Professional development
  • The Ready to Code Facilitation Pathway lays out key themes critical to facilitating learning for youth. From starting out with computational thinking (CT) activities to advocating for it in library services, these themes will help library staff understand and frame what it takes to build computational thinking into their programs and services.

    Resource Type:
    Professional development
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