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1. What is CS First?
Hey educators! Pull up a chair and get comfortable.
We know you’re busy.
So we’ve put together this crash courseto help you introduce computer science to your students.
In this video, we’ll cover: an introduction to CS First,why CS First works for students,and how CS First is built for teachers.
[music]CS First is Google’s easy-to-use computer science curriculum.
Students work on projects in a user-friendly coding editorcalled Scratch for CS First.
Scratch is a programming language and online communityoriginally developed at the MIT media lab.
Fun fact - that your students might like too -it’s named after the technique DJs useto scratch records to manipulate music and build new sounds.
Similarly, for Scratch for CS First,students use blocks of codes in creative waysto make their own game, story, animation and more.
These blocks contain instructions that bring students projects to lifegiving them the opportunity to build something of their own.
[music]CS First is designed to meet students where they’re at.
It can be taught in school,after school or outside of school.
We recommend using CS First for grades four through eight.
This is a great time to introduce students to computer science.
From music to art to sports, there’s something for every student,so you can better tap into kids’ passions in the classroom.
And with so many lessons to choose from,CS First empowers students to see themselves as creators of their own story.
Learning computer science will open your students up to whole new ways of thinking.
They’ll start to problem solve more creatively,work more collaboratively,become more confident with technologyand challenge themselves to try new things.
These skills are great building blocks for your students’ personal aspirations,whether or not they want to continue on with computer science.
[music]This platform was made for teachers, by teachers.
The magic of CS Firstis that you don’t need a background in computer science to teach it.
The videos throughout each lesson do the instructional teachingto breakdown the CS conceptsso you have more time to support your students 1-on-1.
If you feel stuck,visit the CS First help center for extra guidance and teaching resources, too.
We’re here to help you every step of the way.
Now, you’re ready to get started.
All you and your students need is a computer,stable internet and headphones.
Headphones are helpful but not required.
Next, we’ll show you how to create a class.
Welcome to the "Get Started with CS First" video series. In these videos, we'll take an in-depth look at CS First resources available for teachers and learn how to use sample activities and themes in a classroom setting.
Use the companion “Getting Started Guide” below for further details on the topics introduced in these videos.