Supports for Educators
Please note office hours are intended to provide real-time technical assistance to educators, caregivers, parents, and students. Technical assistance is not legal advice. Specific questions concerning a student’s special education program or the laws relating to the provision of services in a child’s IEP (Individualized Educational Program) should be directed to ConsultLine at 800-879-2301
Testing your system
Participants are encouraged to test your computers/devices prior to the date of the web conference using https://zoom.us/test, and to seek local assistance if you encounter difficulty.
Possible Topics: Selecting online learning resources for students, Participating in virtual CS professional learning
Email for an appointment: PAsmart@pattan.net
PaTTAN #CSinPA Schoology Group: Online environment for PA educators to engage in asynchronous discussion and resource sharing. To join, contact PAsmart@pattan.net
Sept 12, 2020 at 7pm EST
A live hour-long online event for Spanish-language K-5 computer science learning, on Saturday Sept 12, at 7pm Eastern. Sponsored by Infosys Foundation USA, Televisa Foundation and FamilyCodeNight.org, the program will show Spanish-speaking families and educators a range of free computer science learning platforms. So join us, and spread the word.
Register now at http://www.familycodenight.org/codifi-k.html
Sunday Workshops (Tech Kids Unlimited)
Weekly virtual workshops for students with disabilities, aged 7-21 who would like to learn a new tech skill or build on tech skills they know. Recordings for past workshops are also available.
Code Break (Code.org)
Wednesdays at 1 PM ET
During these weekly live webcasts, Code.org will lead you through a group CS activity.
Philly Zoo at 2 (Philadelphia Zoo)
Weekdays at 2:00 pm
Home Safari (Cincinnati Zoo)
Weekdays at 3:00 pm (recordings saved)
Live videos with activity guides
VidCode Virtual Coding Club
Drop-in, weekly coding meetups for students ages 11+
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00 pm
Apple "Develop in Swift” PD free for HS CS teachers
Released alongside enhancements to the Develop in Swift and Everyone Can Code curricula, Apple has a new professional learning course for Develop in Swift, available to educators at no cost.
Robot Doctor on PA Public TV
PA Public TV and RobotWits are partnering to provide a weekly television series to extend robotics and mathematics lessons to students who may not have access to the Internet. Episodes air weekly on all PA Public TV stations before being archived online at www.wqed.org/therobotdoctor and at www.robotwits.com.
Spark Science (Franklin Institute)
Collection of 30+ Science Demos from the Franklin Institute, some with activity instructions
Supporting Accessibility in Distance Education: Practices for Teachers (National Center on Accessible Educational Materials)
Series of webinars on access and distance education for educators and families
Going Online (Engaging Students)
Series of video discussions with experts and community activists on teaching in emergencies, online engagement, digital pedagogy, accessibility, and more
Collection of hands-on STEM activities for students. Each contains a how-to video and extension activities
Summer Skills PD (ComputScholar)
Online, self-study computer science classes on Java, C#, Python, HTML, Unity Game Programming, and more.
Virtual Space in the Community (The Space Foundation)
The Space Foundation, with the support of Lockheed Martin, is offering a 15 series webinar event full of space-inspired STEM activities and career pathway discussions geared toward Middle and High school students but also supports parents and teachers.
Resources for AP CS Students (Amazon Future Engineer)
Test-Prep: Free online courses and test preparation materials are available through the Amazon Future Engineer site.
Technology and Universal Design for Learning (SchoolVirtually)
UDL-aligned resources to support all learners with distance and online learning, including students with disabilities and language learners.
PA CS Teacher Toolkit
Collection of resources for CS teachers including a searchable database of lesson materials, a model framework for K-6 curriculum and more
PA CS Administrator Toolkit
Collection of resources for administrators including a searchable database of CS education resources (curricula, tech. tools, etc.), and more
PaTTAN #CSinPA Schoology Group
Online environment for PA educators to engage in asynchronous discussion and resource sharing. To join, contact PAsmart@pattan.net
National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM)
Virtual office hours, resources, and webinars on ensuring access in distance learning for students with disabilities
I am a Scientist
This new classroom program, founded by two women who have overcome their own relevant hurdles, introduces students, particularly those in junior high/high school, to real-life stories of today’s scientists who are on the frontline of modern innovation—on a mission to inspire STEM careers while shattering outdated industry stereotypes. The program’s collection of classroom toolkits provide real-life stories of modern scientists, classroom resources, posters, career resources, and more.
Teaching CS with online curricula
Offerings made available or updated specifically in response to COVID-19 (Find more CS online courses and curricula with the CS Education Resource tool).
Free, self-paced online curricula aligned to CSTA standards.
CS Fundamentals Express (Code.org): Introductory CS course designed for 3-12 grade students (Pre-reader course available for K-2). Code.org also offers courses specifically geared to elementary, middle, and high school students.
From the vendor: Code.org offers a complete teaching guide (web and printable PDF), online self-paced PD courses, virtual discussion forums for teachers
CS Academy (Carnegie Mellon University): Introductory CS course designed for high school students.
From the vendor: Carnegie Mellon University is hosting daily webinars for teachers interested in using the course with their students.
From PaTTAN: Consultation and support provided by CS Academy trained PaTTAN consultants (PAsmart@pattan.net)
Amazon Future Engineer - Free, self-paced courses for Grades 2-12, and 6-12
@Breakfast_CS - Daily Tweets containing a computational thinking concept and problems
Vidcode - Interactive, self-paced coding lessons for students K-12
Teaching CS, Unplugged
Wonder Workshop Toolkit: Digital and unplugged resources featuring Wonder Workshop products and characters. Not all activities require access to Wonder Workshop products.
Read About CS:
Share and discuss how CS is playing a part in tracking and studying COVID-19.
Resources Curated from STEM & CS Organizations