December 7th - 13th
It' s that time of year again! Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual call to action to inspire K-12 students to learn computer science, advocate for equity in computer science education, and celebrate the contributions of students, teachers, and partners to the field.
There are lots of ways to implement this with your students including participating in Hour of Code from Code.org, a virtual family event at mindSpark Learning, Code Bytes, as well as events and activities from Code HS and PopFizz.
Explore endless computer science topics with brand-new tutorials
This year’s activities dive into tons of different CS topics like AI, data processing, and app & game design, as well as programming concepts like events, loops, and variables! Students can explore the oceans with SciGirls, learn to code and meditate with CodeSpeak Labs, build a climate clock with Vidcode, or try out another of the 30+ new #CSforGood themed activities and lesson plans! See them all at hourofcode.com/learn.
No computer? No problem. Unplugged resources for students Every student deserves to learn computer science regardless of what technology they have at home. A number of engaging new unplugged options from our partners at Google, Kodable, iRobot, and elsewhere are available to learners with low or no connectivity or limited device access. We’ve also created a printable Hour of Code Unplugged Activity Packet for ages 4-18.
From mindSpark Learning:
Virtual Family Coding Event at mindSpark
Tuesday, Dec. 8th
Invite students, parents, and educators to join the event here!
Introducing CodeBytes with Hadi Partovi...
Planning for the Hour of Code with your classroom that’s gone virtual? Try a CodeByte! Designed to fit smoothly into a distance learning plan, CodeBytes are easy-to-digest, 20 minute interactive lessons that will
stream during Computer Science Education Week, December 7-11. Every episode features a new lesson that blends computer science with real-world topics. One day, students will use Dance Party to get creative and express themselves. Another day, they’ll explore environmental sustainability with Artificial Intelligence.
Tune-in (Join on Zoom or stream on YouTube) Plus, you have two chances to catch each lesson live! Episodes take place twice daily at 9:00a and 2:30pm. Check out their episode schedule to find a time that works for you.
From Tynker and NASA:
Explore NASA’s exciting new efforts to reach the Moon and then Mars. Students can design their own animated mission patch, imagine their life as an Artemis astronaut on the Lunar Gateway, take control of robotic rovers, and even create their own lunar habitat. A collection of space-exploration themed coding tutorials created in collaboration with NASA! Students can tap into their artistic side in "Design a Mission Patch," get creative in "Tell Your Lunar Gateway Story," take control of robots in "Rover Relay," and imagine their home in space in "Design A Lunar Habitat."
From Code HS:
Live Hour of Code Workshops hosted by CodeHSRegister your class for a live Hour of Code workshop hosted by the CodeHS Team! Whether your class is remote or in-person, these workshops are a great way to get students excited about computer science.
Coding for a Litter-Free Community
Monday, 12/7 @ 10am
Coding for Data Visualization
Tuesday, 12/8 @ 12pm
Coding in Music
Wednesday, 12/9 @ 9:30am
Supporting Artists with Code
Wednesday, 12/9 @ 11am
Turtle Graphics with Tracy the Turtle
Thursday, 12/10 @ 9am
Creating Virtual Worlds
Friday, 12/11 @ 11am
Hour of Code: Retro Py Game
Designed for grades 9-12.
Join us to create your own retro game using Python and share it with your friends and family! This 1-hour project introduces students to some of the advanced programming concepts such as events, functions, and classes. → Register Now
Need some PD hours? Try Scratch's 30 Day Teacher Challenge! This Teachers Challenge starts on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020! Earn 8 hours of PD while learning how to code and build games in Scratch. The cost is $19.99 for this online course and to earn 8 CEU's.
Or try this 5-hour self-paced online course from Code.org.
Enroll through ESS. Teaching CS Fundamentals K-5 is intended as an introduction to Computer Science Fundamentals and the Code.org K-5 resources for elementary teachers. Through reading, viewing videos, completing interactive puzzles and reflecting on your learning, you'll develop your own understanding while preparing to teach computer science in your classroom. No previous experience with coding or computer science education is assumed. This is a beginner's course.
Register in ESS: CSFUND Session 0002 (through December, Session 3 coming in January) Clock Hours: 5