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Computer Science Education Week is December 4-10!



Welcome to Computer Science Education Week, a celebration of digital literacy, problem-solving, and innovation! As teachers, you have the power to inspire the next generation of tech enthusiasts and problem solvers! Here are five great and easy ways you can support and promote Computer Science Education Week in your classroom:


1. Integrate Coding into Lesson Plans: Infuse your curriculum with coding activities that cater to different age groups. Platforms like Code.org and Scratch offer engaging, age-appropriate resources that make learning to code fun. Introduce coding challenges or dedicate a specific class to coding exercises, allowing students to experiment with algorithms and logical thinking. (Note: Scratch is conditionally approved in Ceres Unified; if you'd like your students to learn with Scratch, you will first need to create a Scratch teacher account, and then you will need to create student accounts with fake names.


2. Showcase Tech Role Models: Highlight the contributions of diverse tech pioneers to inspire your students. Share stories of individuals who have made significant impacts in the field of computer science, breaking stereotypes and showcasing the breadth of opportunities available. The Women Tech Network, for example, has a series of interviews with successful women in the technology industry.


3. Interactive STEM Projects: Foster hands-on learning experiences by incorporating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) projects. Collaborative activities like building simple robots, creating interactive simulations, or designing basic circuits can spark interest and curiosity. These projects not only reinforce computer science concepts but also promote teamwork and problem-solving skills. If you're a K-6 teacher, for example, you can use one of the Maker Kits available for your grade level!


4. Hour of Code Event: Participate in the global Hour of Code initiative during Computer Science Education Week. Dedicate an hour to coding activities, encouraging students to explore the basics of programming. Use this time to emphasize the accessibility of coding and how it can be applied in various fields. Leverage online tutorials, games, and coding challenges to make the experience both educational and enjoyable.


5. Connect with Families and the Community: Extend the celebration beyond the classroom by involving families and the local community. Organize a showcase event where students can exhibit their coding projects, and invite family members to participate in coding activities. This not only creates a supportive learning environment but also helps raise awareness about the importance of computer science education in today's world. For ideas and inspiration, check out the CS is Elementary website.


Computer Science Education Week provides a golden opportunity for you to ignite a passion for technology and innovation in your students. Let's empower our students to become the digital leaders of tomorrow!



Stay Techie,






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