A trend on the rise as we go 1:1
making the why tangible
Planning and hosting the event
The tech committee met and created a plan for offering a variety of sessions in an evening setting at school. We surveyed the staff to see who could/would present and who would be willing to be a “roamer/helper” in each room to provide help through this process. With the help of the district Ed Tech team and Chris Paschke - Executive Director of Data Privacy and security, we provided a night full of opportunities for parents to learn how their kids are learning digitally. We had the library open throughout the night as a “Genius Bar” to provide on-demand help with their own technology, questions/answers, etc.
The evening was then split into two sessions with multiple options during each session - Google Classroom 101, Advanced Google Classroom, SeeSaw, Digital Wellness, and Data Privacy and Security (presentation not available).
Reflections after the event
We had families fill out an "exit ticket" before they left the event.
Looking at our feedback, here are some suggestions our families gave us to increase attendance next year:
Some of our own ideas for next time:
Ed Tech's Family Technology university cohort
December 9th - 15th
Did you know that Hour of Code was originally started to align with promoting Computer Science Education Week (December 9th-15th) and help teachers across the world realize that their students can learn to code? Computing is a fundamental part of daily life and just about every occupation. Computer Science Education Week is an annual program designed to inspire students to take an interest in computer science. Over 100,000 CSEdWeek/Hour of Code events are scheduled to take place around the world. Over 800 million students have participated in Hour of Code in over 180 countries! Computer Science Education Week is held annually to commemorate the birthday of computing pioneer Grace Hopper. No matter what grade level you teach, every student can participate in Hour of Code and learn the basic principles of computer science that apply to all programming languages.
To ensure the day is successful for your students, you'll want to prepare some things in advance. Here's a checklist:
Keep the Learning going...
Computer science education incorporates computational thinking and logic, while promoting creativity, and helping teach students perseverance. Check out this article from Code.org to talk to your students about Computer Science for Good in Your Classroom.
Keep the learning going after Computer Science Education Week! Pave the way for your students to use #CSforGood!