Quick Links: #BrowardCODES — TechGateway App Challenge — NSF FACTS — MakerSpace — SECME
Computer science provides a foundation for virtually any career – everybody can benefit from learning the basics. There are predicted to be 1,000,000 unfilled jobs in computing by the year 2020! For more statistics like these, go to Code.org’s website (http://code.org)
Hour of Code – Congratulations to BCPS (Pompano Beach) for having the highest participants in the 2014 Hour of Code!
What is an Hour of Code? It’s a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator. To learn more and to find out how your school can participate, visit Code.org’s website at http://csedweek.org/
The Broward County Public Schools’s STEM & Instructional Resources Department is participating in an Hour of Code on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at KCW. Contact Dr. Lisa Milenkovic via CAB or at 754-321-2620 for more info.
BCPS as a district is participating in an Hour of Code — see highlights at http://www.browardschools.com/BCPS-Spotlights/hour-of-code
- Frequently Asked Questions: http://csedweek.org/resource_kit/frequently_asked_questions
- Resource Kit (Hour of Code): http://csedweek.org/resource_kit
Code.org (http://code.org) and Computer Science Education Week’s (http://csedweek.org/) websites provide many, many information, tutorials, ideas, and resources to get started in computer science for K-12. Yes, even very young children can code!
Exactly as it sounds, plugged means you are learning or actually coding using a computer. Here are some links to get you started:
- Tutorials for beginners: http://csedweek.org/learn
- Students – Learn in minutes! – http://learn.code.org/hoc/1
- Scratch Ed Curriculum (drag and drop coding!): http://scratched.media.mit.edu
- Thinkersmith – Computer activities and resources by grade level: http://csisfun.com/
What do you mean you can’t learn computer science without a computer? Yes, you can! Here are some resources for you to teach your students unplugged computer science:
- CS Unplugged (entire site dedicated to teaching unplugged computer science, including free activities and videos): http://csunplugged.org
- Thinkersmith – Free curriculum: http://thinkersmith.org/about-us/curriculum/
BCPS Classrooms – See Computer Science in action!