Professional Development, Tech in the Classroom

12 Days of Google-ly-Mas

I must admit something. Since the last week in October, Christmas music is my go to playlist on my phone. I know, I know, I know. Listening to music has the effect on me. It puts me in a state of mind. A Christmas State of Mind. Not the buying, shopping, and deals, more like, spending time with my family, treasuring those moments, creating memories that will last a lifetime, and truly appreciating the reason for the season.

With the mindset of giving, I wanted to give teachers at my school’s a FUN way to celebrate the days before Christmas with some Google-ly activities for them and their students. And so, the 12 Days of Googly-ly-Mas was born.

For the month of December, I challenged the teachers at my school to complete as many of the activities that they want and submit a Google Form letting me know their thoughts. As long as they complete one activity, they will have a chance to win a Google-ly prize.

A few Googley-ly activities…

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  • Create an event in Google Calendar and invite someone to that event.
  • Send me a Google Meet request.
  • Choose one of Eric Curts Winter Activities to share with students.
  • Spend some time cleaning your Google Drive.
  • Create a Dream Board in Google Slides

If you are interested in downloading this resource, click HERE. Have a wonderful holiday season and take time to enjoy with families and friends! If you like this resource, be sure to click FOLLOW, as you will be notified of future post.

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Computer Science, Professional Development

Computer Science Education Week #CSEdWeek

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) – is an annual event to promote computer science especially at the K-12 level. CS Education Week is so much more than learning to code and getting students to participate in the “hour of code.” Although the “hour of code” is a great intro to CS, there is just so much more to CS than coding. If you have a moment, check out my blog on Computer Science.

We EAT, LIVE, and BREATHE computer science each day. CS is embedded into every fiber of our existence.

  • Did you use your phone to wake you up this morning?
  • Did you use an app to pre order your coffee?
  • How about checking the map apps to see if there is any traffic?
  • Did you order your groceries online?
  • Did you create a flyer to promote an event at your work, school, church, etc…?

In a world where technology is now ubiquitous our students need to be equip to be producer of information rather than consumers.

Today, all 50 states have adopted computer science standards in K-12. All are at different levels of implementation. This past fall, VDOE provided Virginia school districts a computer science curriculum framework to assist and support teachers with the integration of CS into the curriculum.

Baby steps! And it’s not about buy-in! It’s changing the mindset of how we perceive the words computer and science. Understanding and realizing that for the most part we are already integrating many computer science concepts into our instructions (e.g. sequencing, events, algorithm, loops, etc…). It’s more about being intentional and purposeful with integrating those concepts into our daily instruction.

But how do we go about teaching our students? We begin with our teachers. I am by no means a computer science expert, but I have taken an interest. As opportunities are made available, I try to learn more about CS and how to integrate it into curriculum and share that knowledge with others.

This year, I created two CSEdWeek resources for teachers.

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CSEdWeek Resource for teachers, click HERE to download a copy.

Here’s a resource you can share with your teachers to provide them some teachable CS resources!

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Computer Science Education Week – BINGO

Share this resource with teachers, and have them take some time this month as we celebrate Computer Science Education Week (December 9-13) to see why learning and teaching computer science has become part of the K-12 curriculum. 

Kudos to you for taking the next step in providing teachers and students the skills and knowledge they will need to be successful problem-solvers, critical thinkers, and developers of solutions. Happy CSEdWeek!

Interested in learning about the different careers in computer science, click Careers in Computer Science.

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