This article is in collaboration with Workman Publishing.
Computers are a very important part of our world. Every day we see technical advances in the areas of computer sciences. For today’s student, understanding the fundamentals of computer science now will provide the foundation to keep up with these advancements in the years ahead. Everything You Need to Ace Computer Science and Coding in One Big Fat Notebook, published by Workman Publishing and written by computer science education expert Grant Smith is the perfect resource to help solidify that foundation.
Part of Workman Publishing’s Big Fat Notebook series, Everything You Need to Ace Computer Science and Coding in One Big Fat Notebook has everything the middle school student need to know in order to have a basic foundation in computer science. Students learn about key fundamentals like understanding computer systems to reading and writing with programs such as Scratch, Python, and HTML. This foundation will help in preparing them for today’s tech-driven world.
The Big Fat Notebook is filled with key concepts, mnemonic devices, definitions, diagrams, and doodles that present concepts such as binary coding, computational thinking, Boolean expressions and Cybersecurity in a way that really “sinks in” for the reader.
Broken down into 8 units, this notebook hits all major points of computer science and walks the reader through the basics, making it a great recourse to either refresh the readers memory on material they have already learned previously, reinforce the material the student is currently learning in the classroom environment, or it can be used to teach the reader who hasn’t taken a computer science course the basics of the class.
Units covered are:
- Computing Systems
- Data and Analysis
- Software Engineering
- Algorithms and Programming
- Universal Programming Principles
- Programming with Scratch
- Programming in Python
- Web Development
Over the course of 566 pages, material is presented to the student through simplified, concise explanations. Check Your Knowledge following each unit reinforces that the student has understood the material before moving on to the next unit.
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Thank you to Brenda Prince at Counting Pinecones for writing this introductory article.
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