New course from ChildCare Education Institute on Unplugged

ATLANTA, GA, June 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early childhood and early childhood workforce. education, is proud to present CUR133: Unplugged Computing in the Early Years to the online catalog of childcare training.

Computer programming, coding, and the skills and mindsets associated with computational thinking (CT) are increasingly essential to thriving in today’s academic and professional landscape. As these skills have become recognized in curriculum frameworks, there has been an emphasis on introducing coding as early as preschool and kindergarten. This presents opportunities, as well as challenges, for early childhood educators and caregivers of young children. One of the biggest challenges young educators face is how to introduce coding in a fun, developmentally appropriate way that doesn’t rely heavily on screen time or expensive technology. This is where the Computer Science (CS) Unplugged movement comes in! CS Unplugged promotes teaching coding and computational thinking through games, puzzles, crafts and more.

Since the launch of the original CS Unplugged activities and website, many schools, educational businesses and organizations have embraced the screenless and unplugged approach, adapting the guiding principles to their environment. Around the world, researchers and educators have developed many new unplugged activities, some of which have been shared on the CS Unplugged website, and many more that exist independently on their own websites, books, and programs using the term “unplugged”. In the world of early childhood, the unplugged approach has been adopted because it aligns well with the principles of early learning best practices for hands-on and playful learning.

In this course, ECE professionals will learn about the unplugged computing (aka “CS Unplugged”) movement in education and the many benefits of taking an unplugged or technology-free approach to teaching computer science in the early years. The need for this course was determined by reviewing industry trends. This course will focus on free and traditional play materials and activities that teach and reinforce STEM concepts, without the need to purchase robotics kits or expensive technology.

“The course will provide educators with resources and activity ideas to explore STEM concepts that don’t require the purchase of new technology,” said CCEI President and CEO Maria C. Taylor. “Free and unplugged activity ideas will help kids engage in meaningful STEM learning without the need for expensive tech tools.”

CUR133: Unplugged Computing in the Early Years is a two-hour intermediate level and awards 0.2 IACET CEU on successful completion. Current CCEI users with active, unlimited annual subscriptions can enroll in professional development courses at no additional cost when logged into their CCEI account. Non-subscription users can purchase child care training courses as blocked hours through CCEI Online Enrollment.

For more information, visit www.cceionline.edu or call 1.800.499.9907, prompt 3, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT

Institute of Child Care Education, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute®, a division of Excellence Learning Corporation, provides high-quality distance education certificates and child care training programs in a range of child care settings, including preschools , family daycares, preschool classrooms, nanny care, online daycare training and more. Over 150 childcare training courses in English and Spanish are available online to meet licensing, program recognition, and Head Start requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide coursework requirements for national degrees, including CDA, Director, and Early Childhood degrees. CCEI, a CDA Gold Standard™ Professional Accreditation Council training provider, is accredited by the Distance Education Accreditation Commission (DEAC), is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation ( CHEA) and is accredited as an authorized provider by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

  • New ChildCare Education Institute course on unplugged computing in early childhood

  • New ChildCare Education Institute course on unplugged computing in early childhood


        

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