Events

Webinar

Entrepreneurship + CS = Success!

Investigating real-world problems in the CS classroom can be a challenge. One insightful way is through entrepreneurship. From concept to pitch deck, entrepreneurship offers students a chance to think outside the box and solve meaningful problems, whether it's based on industry standards or by breaking them! On April 23, this webinar featured Kyle Sherman. Kyle won second place in the CivTech-SA Challenge startup weekend and took two teams to the annual San Antonio Civ-Tech Challenge for schools, which aims to solve community challenges and grow civically-minded tech talent. He discussed his experience bringing entrepreneurship experience to his classroom. Click here to access the recording. See slides below.
Webinar

Cooperative Learning Practices + Student Engagement in the CS Classroom

Looking for ways to increase student engagement in your CS classroom? On Thursday, April 11 at 4:30pm Pacific/7:30pm Eastern, we held a webinar on cooperative learning practices in CS. This webinar can provide you with a better understanding of the practices introduced by Kagan, which can be used with students from kindergarten to twelfth grade. We looked at how these practices can be applied through grouping strategies, share-outs, and wrap-up activities—all of which are fun, interactive, and memorable. Click here to access the recording. Click here for the recording with captions. See slides below.

DEADLINE: Community ambassador applications!

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) and CS for All Teachers are launching its third cohort of community ambassadors to lead engagement activities within the virtual community of practice. Over the past two years, we have witnessed firsthand the value of teacher leaders leading from within. We are excited to select a new group of teachers of computer science to take the community even farther. Community ambassadors serve in a variety of roles within the community. They receive ongoing support and professional development from AIR staff through monthly planning webinars and individualized planning calls to ensure they are prepared to take on leadership tasks, which may include: Serving as a virtual facilitator for one of CS for All Teachers’ discussion groups, Organizing and hosting webinars for community members, Writing blog posts about CS education in PreK-12 classrooms, Creating multimedia presentations, Facilitating Twitter chats, Promoting community activities through various social media channels, and Providing feedback to the AIR team. A stipend will be provided in exchange for the community ambassadors’ leadership with funding from the National Science Foundation. Ambassadors will be asked to participate in a face-to-face meeting from July 6-7 in advance of the CSTA conference in Phoenix, Arizona (travel to be covered by AIR/CS for All Teachers). If you are interested in applying, please submit your information via this Google form no later than Monday, April 1 at 5 p.m. ET. Applicants will be evaluated on the knowledge, skills, and leadership that they will bring to the role of community ambassador in service of CS for All Teachers. While past active involvement in the community is not required, it is critical that applicants demonstrate an understanding of the community’s mission and the engagement activities that it offers. We encourage applicants who represent a range of diverse perspectives from within CS. Once the application period closes, AIR staff will conduct a blind review of applicant materials. Semifinalists will be selected to go through a second round of performance task activities. Detailed directions will be provided at that time. Have questions? Contact us at csforallteachers@air.org.

ScratchEd Meetup: Boston

A ScratchEd Meetup is a playful and creative approach to professional learning for educators who are interested in teaching with Scratch from elementary school to high school, across curricular areas and settings. Unlike typical conferences or professional development, where the schedule is predetermined, a meetup schedule is collaboratively constructed by the people in the room, based on their passions, interests, and questions. We encourage participants to propose session topics inspired by their Scratch-related interests and needs.  Our next meetup in Boston is Saturday, March 2, from 10am-1pm at the Harvard Ed Portal in Allston The event is free and includes breakfast, lunch, and parking! RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/ScratchEd-Boston/events/254981450/

ScratchEd Meetup: San Marcos

A ScratchEd Meetup is a playful and creative approach to professional learning for educators who are interested in teaching with Scratch from elementary school to high school, across curricular areas and settings. Unlike typical conferences or professional development, where the schedule is predetermined, a meetup schedule is collaboratively constructed by the people in the room, based on their passions, interests, and questions. We encourage participants to propose session topics inspired by their Scratch-related interests and needs.    Our next meetup in San Marcos is Saturday, March 2, from 10am-1pm at Centro.    This is a free Event! RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/Scratched-SanMarcos/events/nvpbfqyzfbdb/

How Makers Make Classrooms Inclusive Twitter Chat (02/25/19 - 03/01/19)

Join CS for All Teachers for a Twitter chat! From Monday (02/25/19) through Friday (03/01/19), our community ambassador, Linda Sweeting (Twitter Handle: @lmsweeting) will be moderating a Twitter discussion on the New York Times article, "How Makers Make Classrooms Inclusive," and the reality in our schools. Click here to access the article. All are welcome to participate! This will be a slow chat so you can participate a little everyday. We will be using these hashtags #CSforAllTeeachers and #makerspace to keep the conversation connected. The attached flyer has Linda's Twitter account and hashtags for the chat as well.

How Makers Make Classrooms Inclusive Twitter Chat (02/25/19 - 03/01/19)

Join CS for All Teachers for a Twitter chat! From Monday (02/25/19) through Friday (03/01/19), our community ambassador, Linda Sweeting (Twitter Handle: @lmsweeting) will be moderating a Twitter discussion on the New York Times article, "How Makers Make Classrooms Inclusive," and the reality in our schools. Click here to access the article. All are welcome to participate! This will be a slow chat so you can participate a little everyday. We will be using these hashtags #CSforAllTeeachers and #makerspace to keep the conversation connected. The attached flyer has Linda's Twitter account and hashtags for the chat as well.

Teaching Cybersecurity in CSP (or Any CS Class): Introducing the Security Mindset

Join us for a SIGCSE pre-symposium workshop! Introducing the Teaching Security lessons Wednesday, February 27, 2019 (before SIGCSE proper) 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon Greenway A (2nd floor), Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Free and open to all! More info: https://teachingsecurity.org/sigcse-2019/ The “Teaching Security” lessons introduce the broad idea of cybersecurity through threat modeling and the human-centered nature of authentication. They are prepared by subject-matter experts with research backgrounds in the technical workings and social implications of cybersecurity. While our lessons were specifically designed to meet the cybersecurity learning objectives in the AP Computer Science Principles framework, they are appropriate for any high school computer science class or program (including dedicated cybersecurity classes). This will be an interactive workshop for CS educators at all levels; no previous cybersecurity experience required. Participants will learn how to begin developing the “security mindset” by teaching students a simplified version of threat modeling. We will also preview lessons on authentication and social engineering. In addition, the workshop will provide opportunities for attendees who teach cybersecurity learning objectives to share their own strategies. Why teach cybersecurity? Cybersecurity is vital to a technology-driven society. Daily headlines demonstrate that we cannot ignore the potential security risks inherent to our increasingly more networked lives. Cybersecurity is a growing job field — but even for students that don’t go on to pursue cybersecurity careers, it is crucial to have some level of security awareness! But until very recently, young people were usually not introduced to the intrigue and opportunity of cybersecurity until advanced undergraduate CS courses. However, the real world implications and applied nature of the topic lends itself well to engaging a wide audience, key to catching the interest of a diverse group of students in CS at a younger age. Presenters: Dan Garcia, Buffie Holley, Serge Egelman, (remotely) Maritza Johnson For more info and to RSVP: https://teachingsecurity.org/sigcse-2019/