Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code: December 4-10, 2017

Next week is Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code!

Check out these links and sign up!

Continuing Professional Development Pipeline Project

 

According to the 2017 National Board of Certified Teachers Study, Investing in what it Takes to Move. PD is critical in helping teachers perfect their skills and impact student achievement in their classrooms. CSTA’s new Continuing Professional Development Pipeline, powered by Degreed and funded by grant from Infosys Foundation USA, is launching in Fall 2017 and will bring 5 turn-key resources for K-12 CS teachers including self-selected pathways, community, badging, and amazing PD programs for novice, career stage, and teacher leaders!

CSTA is pleased to announce its partnership with Infosys Foundation USA to create a professional development pipeline. The pipeline provides value for teachers, districts, PD providers and students.

The pipeline will:

  • Personalize learning plans that guide a teacher in selecting the PD pathway that best meets their current and future needs and interests.
  • Create PD-based communities that provide greater support for teachers who pursue or complete various PD programs.
  • Certify PD completion in the form of digital badging and certificates so that teachers can provide authenticated evidence to their schools regarding PD they complete. ·     
  • Track PD over time via a digital portfolio that further assists a teacher in selecting future PD options and manage their overall career development.

Pace GenCyber Cybersecurity Summer Workshop for High School Teachers

The Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University invites you to attend a seven-day summer workshop aimed at introducing high school teachers to diverse topics in cybersecurity, free of cost.
The workshop will include lectures, hands-on exercises, presentations by industry professionals, group discussions, and lesson design projects. By the end of the program, participants will develop lesson plans that integrate cybersecurity concepts into their curricula or after-school programming.
Participants will receive a $1,250 stipend upon completion of all workshop sessions and activities.

Topics

  • Basic Concepts in Cybersecurity
  • Cryptography
  • Access Control
  • Biometrics
  • Cybersecurity Analytics

PROGRAM DETAILS and APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:
http://www.pace.edu/seidenberg/gencyber

CONTACT US:
gencyber@pace.edu

This workshop is supported by the GenCyber program, and funded jointly by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation.

American Computer Science League

Register as a new member for the contests of the American Computer Science League (ACSL) and get a FREE contest question CD. The CD contains 27 questions and solutions from our category list and 20 original programming problems with solutions.

Our NEW Elementary Division introduces students in grades 3-6 to the introductory concepts in Computer Number Systems, Prefix/Infix/Postfix Notation, Boolean Algebra, and Graph Theory in a classroom environment or outside of school as an enrichment opportunity. This Division will only involve 5 short problems per contest and no programming problem.

Most other CS contests are geared for just your very best students. ACSL has three other divisions for teams of students:

  • Junior for students in grades 6-9,
  • Intermediate for first-year, high school programmers, and
  • Senior for experienced, post-AP level programmers.

ACSL even has a Classroom Division that does not require programming with 10 questions per contest from three or four different categories each time.

It is possible for smaller schools to participate by registering for a 3-person team or choose a 5-person team for larger CS programs. Most of all, every student who participates will have an opportunity to learn valuable computer science concepts and develop strong programming skills that will serve them well in the future.

All schools can submit a team score for each contest representing their top 3 or 5 students regardless of how many actually participate.  Schools will be ranked internationally in each division and an invitational All-Star Contest will be held every Memorial Day weekend in a different U.S. location as a team competition.

ACSL is in its 39th year of offering creative contests with new short problems and programming problems every year.  It is not only approved by CSTA, but also the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

There is a lot more information including a registration form, a slide show introducing the new Elementary Division, and a complete set of contest questions for all of the ACSL divisions on the website at www.acsl.org.

Email any questions to info@acsl.org.  We promise to answer quickly!

Bebras Challenge: Nov 7 – 18

A year has passed and it is almost time for a brand new Bebras Challenge. As of today you can register for this one-hour adventure that introduces your students to computational thinking and informatics! Join over a million students from all over the world and discover aptitude by engaging in fun puzzles. Last year we had almost 40,000 participants from all across the USA.
Your students can participate on any day between November 7-18 at
http://challenge.bebraschallenge.org .
It is the first year that the younger students can join as well: students with ages 8 to 18 are welcome. No prior knowledge is needed. Your students will try to solve 15 tasks online that are linked to a field of computational thinking. The challenge is a great motivational way to reach your students.
Let’s work together on getting even more students to take part. Registration takes only minutes of your time. After the challenge we provide comprehensive answer sheets to support you and your students. Each participant receives a personal certificate, with special certificates of achievement for high performers.
Teachers can register as a coordinator at http://challenge.bebraschallenge.org/admin/.
If you have questions, please send an email to Daphne Blokhuis:
daphne@bebraschallenge.org

UC Davis C-STEM @ Mesa College in San Diego

The C-STEM 1-Week Institute on integrated computing and STEM education provides teachers with hands-on experience on how to use freely available C-STEM Studio and RoboBlockly as well as C-STEM integrated curriculum with interactive computing and robotics for their classroom teaching. The academy is targeted at grades 5 – 12 and community college STEM teachers, as well as math/CTE/Science coordinators, who are interested in:

  • Integrating Computing & Robotics into Math courses aligned to Common Core Standards
  • Integrating Computing & Robotics into Science courses aligned to Next Generation Science Standards
  • Offering computer programming and/or robotics courses in your school
  • Offering robotics in after school or summer programs in your school, district, and county Developing students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Implementing new teaching strategies and collaborative learning
  • Working to close the achievement gap
  • Preparing students to be career and college ready
  • Working with gifted students to challenge them to solve real-world problems
  • Engaging at-risk students with hands-on learning
  • Programming Lego Mindstorms NXT/EV3 using C-STEM Software
  • San Diego Mesa College Week inservice [flyer]

GoPiGo complete Raspberry Pi Robot Car

Dexter Industries builds robot kits to make learning how to program interesting and accessible to everyone!

We offer FREE 60-day TEACHER TRIAL kits. Learn more here: www.dexterindustries.com/DexterEd

Announcing our newest curriculum, GoBoxEd (www.dexterindustries.com/GoBox-Ed), which comes with 12 “missions” to accomplish with your GoPiGo robot car.

The GoPiGo (www.dexterindustries.com/GoPiGo) is a complete Raspberry Pi Robot Car. GoPiGo can be programmed in beginner languages like Scratch (Check out GoBoxEd), but is also used by advanced engineers at Google who developed the Google Cloud Vision API (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eve8DkkVdhI).

BrickPi replaces the brain (EV3/NXT) of LEGO MINDSTORMS with the Raspberry Pi so you can untether it from the cable, connect it to the internet, and program in Scratch, Java, C++, Python and more! www.dexterindustries.com/BrickPi

GrovePi is our “Internet of Things” kit. Used by Amazon Web Services to develop a neat beverage tracking app, and by elementary schools to make their own weather station and plant monitoring station. www.dexterindustries.com/GrovePi

Questions? Please contact:

Elizabeth Kiken
(202)-550-9239

Cyber Teacher Certificate Program

The Computer Science Teachers Association, in partnership with LifeJourney, the leader in cybersecurity and STEM online career exploration, recently announced the launch of a strategic professional development program to better equip educators for teaching cybersecurity in the classroom and thus positively impact the nation’s cyber skills gap. The CSTA program is called the Cyber Teacher Certificate professional development program.
“I strongly encourage all educators in our membership to register for and complete the Cyber Teacher Certificate program,” said Dr. Mark Nelson, Executive Director of CSTA. “CSTA suggests that all members should make it a priority for professional development in 2016.”

Demand for cybersecurity professionals is growing twelve times faster than the overall job market, while at the same time, with student interest in cybersecurity surging, more than 64% of Millennials say their educational institution does not have courses that would allow them to explore their interest in cyber.

The Cyber Teacher PD Certificate Program includes:

  • An online cybersecurity mentorship platform (the NSA Day of Cyber) that teachers run in the classroom, featuring NSA cybersecurity leaders as role models to the the nation’s students.
  • Eight (8) hours of documented Continuing Education Units (CEUs) endorsed by the Computer Science Teachers Association, the recognized leader in offering current and relevant professional development content for computer science teachers.
  • Training and mastery of “Fundamentals of Cyber”, an online course utilizing revolutionary adaptive learning techniques.
  • Ability to easily extend your cybersecurity syllabus beyond the NSA Day Of Cyber classroom experience. Each mentor in the NSA Day Of Cyber is matched with corresponding lesson plans exemplifying the skills necessary for students to pursue the spotlighted careers.
  • Ability to take the instructional Cyber Teacher Journey and see how others are using NSA Day Of Cyber and training materials in the classroom.
  • Membership in the Cyber Teacher Association, the most important new association for educators united in creating the next Cyber Generation. Enjoy membership and collaboration in a community of your cyber educator peers.
The Cyber Teacher Certificate Program is NOW Available for CSTA Members
Members can register for the Cyber Teacher Certificate program here where they can review the program and learn more about it. The fee can be submitted by teachers as a reimbursable expense for professional development per the policies of individual school districts.
The Cyber Teacher Certificate Program is a helpful proof-of-concept for our CPD Pipeline model.  With this type of novel approach to teacher PD we can better support more teachers, further strengthening the overall K-12 CS ecosystem and ensuring better access to quality CS education for all kids.
Read press coverage of CSTA’s launch of the Cyber Teacher Certificate program at this link.
*At this time, this program is only available in the US. An international version will be available later this year and we will advise you when it is available.
 

Swift/iOS AP Computer Science Principles

Make School is currently in the process of creating a free curriculum for next year’s AP Computer Science Principles course that teaches iPhone Development. We’ve named the course “Swift CSP.” Swift CSP is project-based, exploratory, and makes use of Swift Playgrounds to teach core CS concepts in a visual, gamified way.
  • We’ll cover the Seven “Big Ideas” through videos from our Make School Speaker Series. We’re leveraging our partners and contacts here in Silicon Valley to create content that students will find interesting and relevant. We currently have verbal commitments from people such as Head of Photography at Pixar, Craig Newmark (of Craigslist), and the UN’s Director of VR Filmmaking.
  • By the end of the course, your students will have made a great mobile app for submission to College Board that is also ready to be submitted to the App Store! We’ve found students get very excited about iOS development–high schoolers love the idea of creating an iPhone app that their peers can download and use. This content will make it easy for teachers to recruit students to AP CSP–especially female students, and underserved minorities.
  • We’ll be providing teachers who use our curriculum with a pre-made curriculum map, unit plans, and lesson plans. We understand how much time paperwork takes up–our goal is to simplify this for our teachers, so that you can spend more time working with your students!
  • We’ll be running an optional 3-day teacher workshop over the summer in San Francisco, CA to train teachers on how best to use our curriculum.
There is no “freemium” content, etc. We want to help support high school CS teachers.
If you’re interested in using our curriculum or have any questions, you can contact our Swift CSP team (Nicolai Safai, Dion Larson and Mike Kane) at swiftcsp@makeschool.com.
Also, if you already have iOS experience, we’re hiring Summer iOS Instructors and we pay $16.5-20k for 11 weeks. Apply here: www.makeschool.com/jobs/ios-summer-instructor.