March 2020 Newsletter

Computer Science Statewide Skype Virtual Meeting

The Ohio Department of Education and Ohio CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association) are proud to announce the first virtual Computer Science meeting for anyone interested in learning more about Ohio’s K-12 Computer Science Education. The meeting will be held using Skype on March 25, from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The link for the meeting is listed below. Subjects that will be discussed include:

  • Ohio Department of Education updates
  • Computer Science licensure Q&A for teachers and administrators
  • Teacher professional development Plan for creating and validating instructional supports
  • Industry credentials

This is an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of Ohio’s K-12 Computer Science Education and to ask questions!

Join Skype Meeting
or
Join by phone

Dial in number: +1 (614) 721-2972
Conference ID: 761747971

Please contact John Wiseman at (614)728-7589 or John.wiseman@education.ohio.gov with any questions

RESOURCES FOR ONLINE TEACHING

Repl.it Multiplayer (https://repl.it/site/multiplayer): Allows for you and your students to code together in small groups. Helpful for offering live assistance.Zoom (https://zoom.us/): Live video chat. Can record sessions and post later to CMS or YouTube. Can integrate into many LMS platforms too.

CodeHS (http://codeHS.com)  is making their Pro version available free through June 30th and their curricular materials are always available free. The Pro version includes an LMS system for assignments, grading, tracking, etc.

Runestone Academy has a variety of online curricular resources available for python, Java, and more and they are free. (https://runestone.academy).

CodingBat has online activities in Java and Python. (https://codingbat.com/java)

CSTA has a page of resources they are building too… updated as they find more. (https://csteachers.org/page/csta-compiled-resources-to-support-teaching-during-covid-19/)

Prepare for online learning. Watch a 35-minute webinar in which three teachers describe how they have prepared for online teaching

GameSalad – Transitioning my Video Game Design class to this option for those who are unable to download and install Unity, https://gamesalad.com/developers/. You can set up a teacher account, create a class and they have tutorials built in with both video and step-by-step guides 

KhanAcademy has several courses related to Computing, https://www.khanacademy.org/computing.

CodeAcademy has some courses with online compilers that check code, https://www.codecademy.com/