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Episode 4: Hour of Code

Hi everyone!  This week (December 9th-15th, 2019) is Computer Science Education Week!  We are celebrating this week by discussing our favorite resources to use with your students this week.

Made with Code: This is created by Google.  It gives simple, easy to use projects for students to complete and code.  Geared more toward getting girls into coding, however, it is suitable for everyone.

Google CS First: Geared toward students ages 9-14, CS First offers full curriculum to teachers and students.  Best of all, there is no experience needed! As a teacher, if you know nothing about coding, this is a good place to go.

Khan Academy: Lots to offer.  Computer programming, Javascript, HTML and more.  A little more advanced than CS first. MS and HS routes.  Offers creation of classrooms or groups, and can sync with google classroom.

Scratch and Scratch Jr.:  Graphical coding from MIT

NO LONGER ACTIVE: Thenewboston.com: Android app development, javascript, python, higher end programming, YouTube videos.

Cubelets: Magnetic Blocks that attach to each other to perform a task.  Can be used as a stand-alone product or you can program them.

Code.org: One of my favorites.  Very well done. Longer and shorter lessons and all ages covered.

Code Academy: Similar to Code.org or Madewithcode.com, this site offers a graphical way to program.

Lego Mindstorms: EV3


Makey Makey

A list of A TON of resources: https://skillcrush.com/2016/03/15/64-online-resources-to-learn-to-code-for-free/

New! Grasshopper: Also by Google and its a pretty easy way to graphically code for free.

This list is incomplete!  Do you have something you use in your class?  Share it with me.


Episode 3: HELP! I am a First Year Teacher!

Back when I was a first-year teacher, I struggled.  Behavior issues, planning, keeping your sanity; It’s CRAZY!  Your stress level is through the roof, many times you feel like quitting.  That’s OK. It’s normal, and everyone has experienced it before. If you can get through your first year, chances are, you can make it a while in this profession.

Here are some tips to get you through it all:

-Eat right

-Get sleep

-Be prepared

-Plan out lessons on a planner, Google Calendar, or other electronic planning software like planbook.com

-Talk to other teachers

-Stick up for yourself

-Grade early and don’t be afraid to use tools to help you like flubaroo.com

-Delegate jobs to students

-Be ahead on ordering

-Focused time blocks (Pomodoro Method)

-Have procedures First Day’s of School

-Be businesslike, but don’t be mean

-Promote yourself

-Use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram if allowed

-Support: ITEEA, NYSTEEA, and any other association promoting STEM



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Episode 1: Remind Goes Paid

Greetings!  We are about to enter the dog days of summer.  Or, depending on where you live, you’re almost back to school…so, summer is over for you (sorry).  We have a great show for you.

Remind Article:

Stem Roundtable Podcast:

Google Classroom course coming in Sept

My goal is once a week…I hope

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