Join CSTA in celebrating and advocating for computer science education during the 9th Annual CSEdWeek. Since it was established by Congress in 2009, CSEdWeek has brought together teachers, students, parents, administrators, and community members to promote awareness and heighten participation in our field. Please look at the resources below and consider doing something in your school, district, or state. This is the time to show the world all of the wonderful things you and your students are achieving together.
Take advantage of the great resources and information available to CS teachers at the new CSEdWeek microsite. While you are there, don't forget to post your CSEdWeek events!
Advocacy is a key component for a successful CSEd Week
Below are several different ways you can get involved and advocate for computer science education during 2017 CSEd Week.
Strengthen your professional network by joining CSTA, CSforAllTeachers and other local organizations that can assist in building your teaching toolkit.
Invite a legislator to participate in the Hour of Code, at your school, so they can share in the excitement about coding.
Host an Hour of Code at your State Capitol.
Host a Family Code Night at your school.
Organize a social media campaign around computer science and coding. Encourage teachers and administrators to post, throughout the week, what they’re doing to support computer science education.
Further information is available on the Advocacy Menu.
Teachers often tell us that one of the most important factors in the success of their computer science program is a supportive administrator, someone higher up who understands the importance of computer science education and support the provision of better and more courses for all students. In this new brief video from Code.org, LAUSD Director of Curriculum Gerardo Loera talks about why computer science and computational thinking are important for all students in his district.
Click here to view video.
CSTA Supports "Hour of Code"
This year for Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 4-10), CSTA is supporting a campaign to encourage millions of students to participate in an hour of computer coding. The goal is to introduce millions to the field and encourage them to sign up for more in-depth computer science studies. There will be several different hour-long introductions hosted on the CSEdWeek website. Many of the tutorials will be compatible with tablets and smartphones, and there will be some "unplugged" lessons that require no computer at all. We are encouraging all our members to lead their schools and communities in an Hour of Code. Please visit the CSEdWeek website and officially sign up to participate. Here you will find additional resources to help you promote and organize an event.
Host a Family Code Night in your school
Family Code Night & CSTA are looking to host 10,000 nights of code during CSEdWeek, click here to learn more about hosting a Family Code Night at your school.
Apple released new Hour of Code challenge
In celebration of CSEdWeek, Apple has released a new Hour of Code challenge in Swift Playgrounds for iPad. Students can use logic and Swift code to build The Incredible Code Machine. Schools can host their own Hour of Code event in class or after school by downloading the Swift Playgrounds app and Hour of Code Facilitator Guide. Teachers can also sign up for a Today at Apple coding session at their local Apple Store. Apple encourages everyone to share their unique creations with @AppleEDU on Twitter using #EveryoneCanCode.
Exciting CSTA Resources: Sourcing the C in STEM
As part of its CSEdWeek activities, CSTA participated in the Sourcing the C in STEM: Making the Critical Connection Between Computer Science Education and Jobs Salon hosted by Change the Equation. With dynamic speakers, the passion for computer science in education was apparent, even while noting some very real challenges. Speakers included:
- Alison Derbenwick Miller, Vice President, Oracle Academy and Vice Chair of Computer Science Education Week 2012
- Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President, Advanced Placement Program, The College Board
- Linda Rosen, CEO, Change the Equation
- Chris Stephenson, Former Executive Director Computer Science Teachers Association, now Head of Computer Science Education Strategy at Google
Click here to view the entire video. It will be just as though you were there!
About CSEd Week
Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. Originally conceived by the Computing in the Core coalition, Code.org® organizes CSEdWeek as a grassroots campaign supported by 350 partners and 100,000 educators worldwide. CSEdWeek is held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).
CSEdWeek 2017 is December 4 – 10.
Please visit the CSEdWeek website at www.CSEdWeek.org to access computer science education resources & participate in all of the social networking for this event.