New CS education courses this summer! 2020-03-26 07:00:00Z 0

Code.org At-Home Resources

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We are facing an incredibly challenging time with the global outbreak of COVID-19, grappling with growing concerns over health, our communities, and the economy. Safety measures have brought widespread school closures across the country.

We want to support teachers, students, and families in any way we can. Below is a set of resources to help your student learn computer science at home.

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NCWIT At-Home Resources

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14 Computing-related Activities to Do From Home

As COVID-19 has led schools across the country to transition to at-home learning, educators, parents, and caregivers are on the lookout for accessible activities to keep kids’ minds active and engaged. Luckily, there are many ways to translate computing education from the classroom to the home setting. Below is a sampling of ways that adults — regardless of skill level — can help K-12 students continue to explore pathways to tech careers and grow computational skills. These ideas aren’t just for kids, though. Parents and educators who want to learn something new can also get in on the action! Click below to see the 14 activities you can do at home!

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CSTA At-Home Resources

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With the outbreak of COVID-19, at CSTA we know that many of our members will be supporting their students remotely. Teaching CS is already difficult, and moving to a virtual environment can be challenging, so we have compiled a list of resources to help teachers support their students during this trying time. We encourage you to keep visiting this page for the most up-to-date resources:

Click Here to Access the Resources

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CS Standards Implementation Resources

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Arizona released K-12 Computer Science Standards in October 2018 and two options for Computer Science endorsement for K-12 teachers. To support the implementation of these standards, we are excited to present a Computer Science Implementation Guidance document and a one-page document that clearly outlines the requirements for PreK-8 and 9-12 computer science educators. Click Read More to view these documents & learn more about these resources.
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CSTA PD Week-Save the Date

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CSTA AZ is coming this summer to ASU Fulton School of Engineering.  We have confirmed many providers and working on adding more.  Registration will open in March.  Click Read more for details.
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Partner Event: C&I and IT Leadership Symposium 2020

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The symposium is a one-day event that will bring together educational leaders from across the state of Arizona to explore the challenges and share the successes that exist between Teaching, Learning, & IT.

Friday, March 6, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM MST
Dysart Unified School District 
15802 North Parkview Place,
Surprise Az, AZ 85374
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Partner Event: eSports 2020 Part II

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This event is for educators who are interested in learning and sharing ways to begin or enhance an esports program and with students. Join us for meaningful educator-led PD and hands-on learning/ playing fun! $15 per person

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CSPD Funding available

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Public Schools that offer instruction in grades 9 through 12 AND Public Schools that do not currently provide high school computer science instruction. The grant application shall prioritize awards to eligible public schools that have at least sixty percent of students enrolled who are eligible for free and reduced-priced lunches under the National School Lunch and Child Nutrition Acts and are Rural schools.

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CS for ELL Students

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Computer science is the fastest growing subject in the US, yet English learners are dramatically under-represented in these courses. CSforEL is a new, 4 year research project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, to attract, retain and engage English learners (EL) in AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) in Arizona, New Mexico and San Diego. We are currently seeking districts to participate in our first cohort for the 2020-21 school year. Click below for more information.
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CS Awesome Professional Development

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CS Awesome is a new free curriculum from the Mobile CSP team for the AP CS A Java course that follows the 2019 College Board AP CSA units and learning objectives. We are applying to become an official provider for AP CSA in 2020. The curriculum is available for free on based on Barb Ericson's Java Review course on Runestone Academy.
 
CSAwesome is part of a Google funded research project for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years. We are studying new to CSA teachers and students and their transition from CSP to CSA. If you are a teacher transitioning from teaching AP CSP to AP CSA and/or will you be teaching AP CS A for the first time in 2019 or 2020, then we have scholarships available for you to attend our PD for FREE, in exchange for participating in our research project. Click below for more information.
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Amazon Future Engineer + BootUp Elementary CS Initiative

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BootUp Teams with Amazon Future Engineer to Bring Computer Science to More Than 1,000 Elementary Schools
 
 
Accepting Applications from Schools Districts to be Part of the Amazon Future Engineer + BootUp Elementary Computer Science Initiative
 
The Amazon Future Engineer sponsorship funds BootUp’s ongoing, onsite professional development to elementary teachers. BootUp prepares teachers to facilitate open-ended coding projects in the free platforms Scratch and ScratchJr. Teachers learn how to engage students to create and share interactive stories, animations, games, art, music, and more through problem-solving and other fundamental computer science practices. BootUp programs require no prior coding experience and include a free, interest-driven curricula with more than 70 classroom projects.
 
APPLY TODAY at www.afebootup.smapply.org.  
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March CSTA Maricopa Meet Up

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CSTA AZ will be having monthly meet ups the first Saturday of each month at the Microsoft Store in Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall. The focus for March is Scratch basics, MicroBits and best practices. Networking and food are always free!!
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Professional Development Survey

As districts begin planning and budgeting around professional development for the 2020-21 school year, it is important to have your feedback included in the process. The Office of the Maricopa County School Superintendent has worked collaboratively with teacher support organizations to develop a short anonymous survey for educators.  Your feedback from this survey will be shared with districts and professional development providers across Arizona so that PD can be developed and offered based on your ideas and needs. We want to hear your voice and opinions about professional development opportunities.
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CSTA 2020 Scholarships Now Open!

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Registration for the 2020 CSTA Annual Conference is open, and scholarships are being offered to support teachers who can not otherwise attend the CSTA conference due to funding limitations. These scholarships are available thanks to the generous support of our partners.
 
What to expect: The application is short, requiring 15–30 minutes to complete. It requests basic information about you and your teaching background, characteristics of the students you teach, and two short essay questions (less than 250 words each):
  • Why do you want to attend the conference?
  • How will attending the conference impact your teaching practice?
For more information visit the webpage here.
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Start a Girls Go Cyberstart Club!

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Do you know a school in your community that could benefit from a free, fun cyber program?

High school girls are discovering their talent for cybersecurity and computer science with the Girls Go CyberStart competition.  Made up of a series of digital challenges, Girl Go CyberStart empowers girls to work together to become the next leaders in cybersecurity and help protect the web. Boys can also discover their interest and learn with CyberStart Game. Clubs that have five girls who solve 5 challenges will qualify for Stage 2 Game and will earn additional non-competition Game licenses for boys or other girls in their school so everyone in the classroom can learn ethical hacking, programming and forensics for free!

Registration is open until February 14th so students and teachers, register now and start playing today! There are cash prizes for girls and schools, don’t miss out!  https://www.girlsgocyberstart.org  

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Code.org Summer Workshops

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Whether you are new to teaching computer science (CS) or have previous experience, the Code.org Professional Learning Program prepares you to teach with confidence and offers year-round support. No CS experience is needed!

Take part in the program to explore the curriculum and learning tools, practice new teaching strategies, discuss classroom management, and build a community of teachers. Over 90% of attendees would recommend our program to another teacher. Scholarships and discounts are available in many regions.

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Apply to be a Microsoft TEALS School!

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The Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) Program helps high schools create sustainable computer science (CS) programs.  TEALS is happy to announce that we are currently accepting partner school applications for the 2020-2021 school year!  (The deadline is February 14th.) Visit Microsoft.com/TEALS to learn more.

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Start a Girls Who Code Club

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We are proud to partner with Girls Who Code to provide free, flexible and inclusive CS opportunities all across our community, and would love for your school to host a Club!

Girls Who Code Clubs  provide completely  FREE plug-and-play curriculum and resources for educators to encourage girls’ participation in STEM as they prepare for college and career. In each Club, 3rd-5th and 6th-12th grade girls build important life skills as they join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models and learn how to use computer science to positively impact their community. Students also learn about inspiring female role models in tech to help increase female representation in our STEM programming. 

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New CS Educator Courses at ASU

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In response to the new Arizona CS education endorsement, Arizona State University is offering an online 7 week, 3 credit course “Introduction to Computer Science for Educators.” The course is now open for enrollment for spring semester 2020, Session B (the class starts March 16). As an introductory course, it is great for educators who are new to CS education, and for teachers seeking course credit toward the CS endorsement. Click Here for a Link to the Course Flyer
 
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Computer Science Education Week | December 9th-15th CSTA 2019-12-06 07:00:00Z 0
CSTA-Arizona Board Elections 2019-12-03 07:00:00Z 0
SheTech Explorer Day 2019-11-23 07:00:00Z 0

November Community Updates

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Updates from the Computer Science community in Arizona from our November 19th Community Call (click here for agenda):
 
  • Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS School Applications Now Open
  • New #CSK8 Podcast Now Available
  • AZ STEM Collaborative Unconference
  • CSforAll Teachers CSEd Week Webinar
  • Google CSFirst Hour of Code Webinar
Click 'Read More' to see information about each of these programs
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CSTA 2020 Conference

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CSTA 2020, set for July 11–15, in Arlington, Virginia, is shaping up to be our best conference yet! With more than 85 sessions, 28 workshops, 9 mini-sessions, 11 Birds of a Feather Conversations and 21 poster presentations, there is plenty to check out. 
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CSTA-AZ Fall Summit

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CSTA-Arizona held it's 2019 Fall Summit in Prescott, Arizona on November 2nd. Educators from all over Arizona convened to attend sessions on Scratch, LocoRobo, p5js, Artificial Intelligence, and to plan for more local & community meetups in the four Arizona Regions.
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American Computer Science League

The American Computer Science League (ACSL) has sponsored computer science
contests since 1978.  The contests are divided into divisions (Senior,
Intermediate, Junior, Classroom and Elementary) to appeal to a wide range of
student experience.  The Senior, Intermediate and Junior Divisions include
computer science topics and coding.  The Classroom and Elementary Divisions
do not require coding. ACSL is offering its 2018-19 contest question/solution set to CSTA teachers
who register for the first time.
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October Community Updates

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Updates from the Computer Science community in Arizona from our September 24th Community Call:
  • AzTEA Fall Conference
  • Elementary Professional Development
  • Dept of Education Webinars
  • Code.org CS Fundamentals Workshops
  • Native American Code Writers Program
  • iKidsCode Day of Learning
  • ASTA Fall Conference
Click 'Read More' to see information about each of these programs
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CSEdCon & State of Computer Science

Code.org, CSforAll, and CSTA convened over 400 regional and international partners, policymakers, and district representatives for the first ever Global CS Education Conference (CSEdCon). Representatives from CSTA-Arizona, the Arizona Department of Education, and several districts across Arizona including Yuma and Prescott attended this event. The 2019 State of Computer Science Report was also released at this event - here's the progress Arizona has made in Computer Science Education
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Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month

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September 15th through October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month. Here are several resources to share with students connecting students with Hispanic heritage to Computer Science & other STEM fields.
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Aspirations in Computing Educator Award CSTA 2019-09-16 07:00:00Z 0
Award for Aspirations in Computing for HS Students CSTA 2019-09-16 07:00:00Z 0

CSTA AZ Board Nominations

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If you are interested in serving on the CSTA-Arizona Board, please consider nominating yourself (or another person) for our upcoming CSTA-Arizona Board Elections.
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NCWIT Awards Ceremony 2019-06-13 07:00:00Z 0
AZ Educators - CSTA and ISTE Want Your Feedback on New CS Standards CSTA 2019-06-13 07:00:00Z 0

CSTA-AZ Fall Meetup 2018

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CSTA-AZ held its first Fall Professional Development Summit for Arizona Computer Science teachers. Sessions were held on topics such as VEX Robotics, equitable recruiting & retention strategies, active learning in Computer Science, and the CyberPatriot competition.
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Arizona Adopts Computer Science Standards!

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On October 22, 2018, Arizona's State Board of Education voted to adopt new K-12 Computer Science Standards. The process to develop new Computer Science Standards began in January 2017. Since that time, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) has collected public feedback on existing standards and convened working groups of educators, content experts, community members, and parents to create new standards. Click here to download Arizona's Computer Science Standards.
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