6. CS First from the student perspective


Teaching with CS First empowers both you and your students.

In this video, we’ll see what learning with CS First looks like from your student’s perspective.

We’ll cover: How students navigate the CS First platform, how to begin a project, and how to create and collaborate with CS First.

[music] To enter your CS First Classroom, students must first log in using their CS First or Google Workspace for Education account.

Students can also log in using your unique class code which is found on your Teacher Dashboard.

[music] Once logged in, your students arrive at their ‘Dashboard’ and ’My Classes’ page.

Here, they can see their current classes and any lessons that are assigned to them.

They can also access their projects, as well as their profile.

Students can click on an assigned unit to view the overview page.

This overview gives them a brief introduction to the unit and breaks down the activities they’ll do in each lesson.

Now, let’s look at how your students can begin a unit and start creating their projects.

Students can click on the blue ‘Start’ button under the first lesson to begin watching the CS First instructional videos.

Here, they will receive step-by-step instructions.

Students will advance through the activity and then be prompted to navigate to the Scratch for CS First coding editor to get started on their own project.

As they look ahead to future lessons and activities, students can return to the lesson overview by clicking the unit and lesson links at the top of the page.

[music] They can also return to their class dashboard by clicking ‘My Dashboard’.

Student progress is tracked on their dashboard, including their most recent activity and their projects from the editor.

So, students can easily pick up where they left off.

From the teacher’s perspective on your dashboard, you can see the metrics for each student’s progress and view the projects they’ve submitted.

The CS First student experience is rooted in creativity and collaboration.

In the classroom, you can pair students together to take turns sharing their projects and providing feedback to one another.

In virtual learning environments, students can take turns sharing their screens and describing their work.

Coding is a team sport and sharing is part of the fun!

Now, you now have an inside look at how your students can make the most of CS First!