Computers are everywhere, changing every industry on the planet. But fewer than half of all schools teach computer science. Good news is, we’re on our way to change this! In addition, if you've heard about the Hour of Code before, you might know it made history. More than 100 million students have tried an Hour of Code.
With the Hour of Code, computer science has been on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo!, and Disney. Over 100 partners have joined together to support this movement. Every Apple Store in the world has hosted an Hour of Code, and leaders like President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote their first lines of code as part of the campaign.
This year, let's make it even bigger. I’m asking you to join the Hour of Code 2017. Please get involved with an Hour of Code event during Computer Science Education Week, December 4-10. Get the word out. Host an event. Sign up your class or school. Or try the Hour of Code yourself—everyone can benefit from learning the basics.
I am here to support you if you are interested in participating in this event or getting started beforehand with Code.org, so whether you have had any training or not, this is an event for every teacher and every student! Let's get coding!
Get started at http://hourofcode.com/us
“The 'Hour of Code™' is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week[csedweek.org] and Code.org[code.org] to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.”
About Us. (n.d.). Retrieved October 25, 2017, from https://code.org/about
It's hard to believe it's already October! With the school year in full swing, there may be days when you are not in your classroom and need to prepare for a substitute teacher. Even if we aren't in our classrooms, our goal is for quality instruction to prevail. However, we use a plethora of tools every day and sharing those resources with guest teachers can be difficult. In our district, we have at least two ways to share our digital resources with guest teachers without sharing our personal logins and passwords.
First, all substitute teachers actually have their own logins for both the computer and PowerSchool. It is not necessary, and strongly discouraged, for teachers to share their login information and passwords. There are protocols in place for both guest teachers and long-term substitutes to provide them with access to the necessary systems and applications. We also need to safeguard our usernames and passwords to prevent threats and security breaches like those that have happened in other school districts. When writing your sub plans, then, instead of noting "The PowerPoint on my desktop..." please refer them to one of the following options to access digital files.
The first, and probably easiest, option classroom teachers have to share digital resources is through AESOP, our online substitute reservation system. When completing or editing your reservation, you can attach files within the reservation. Video files may be too large, but most other file types will easily attach and become accessible to the guest teacher when they accept your reservation.
The second option is to access the "sub_material" folder on our network. Each teacher and substitute teacher has access to these folders, which are set up by school level (elementary, middle, and high school), and then by school, and lastly, by teacher. To get to these folders, in your Windows 10 search box, type \\disk\schools and hit enter. Find the sub_material folder. Double click your school level, double click your school, and then double click your name to open the folder. If your name does not appear, you have permission to create a new folder (right click, select New-->folder) and then name it first_last. You can also right click on your folder and select Send to-->Desktop. This creates a shortcut on your desktop so you can drop and drag digital resources directly to your sub folder.
These two options provide your guest teachers with the access they need to digital resources without you having to share your logins in passwords, keeping your privacy and access secure. As always, I am available to support you if you would like a side-by-side guide in looking at these choices for setting up your guest teacher for success!
Secondary Technology Integration Coach for GFPS. Former high-school history and psychology teacher. Montana native, and avid user of ed-tech!