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No Fear Coding: Computational Thinking Across the Curriculum

200p. bibliog. photos. ISTE. Jun. 2017. pap. $37.95. ISBN 9781564843876.
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Packed with real-world examples, this title tackles the complex topic of computer science education, with mixed results. Williams examines how early elementary teachers can combine computational thinking and coding to create a connection to computer science. There are detailed explanations of various case studies. Overall, this is a concise read with numerous resources for facilitating the outlined programs. The curricular breakdowns are also useful for those trying to implement major changes in their schools. However, the book lacks background material on the concept of computational thinking, and some may find the text too technical.
VERDICT A practical guidebook for those already well versed in the subject, but newcomers should look elsewhere.

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