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Ozobot Donation Program
Ozobot is happy that educators want to work to close the technology gap for Black students! You can apply to receive an Ozobot Classroom Kit by filling out the form below. 
 
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Your school has a majority (50%+) Black student population
  • Full-time employment (or considered at least 0.75 FTE) by a public school, public charter school or the Office of Head Start.
  • You're an educator or other faculty member whose main responsibility is to directly teach students or train other educators.
  • The students you work with are within the range of grades K-12
  • You're in charge of creating your own lesson plans (or equivalent in a non-classroom role), and not primarily assisting another lead teacher.
*Educators and other faculty can include (but aren't limited to): classroom teachers, subject-area teachers, librarians, STEM/STEAM teachers, etc.
 
If your school is selected, Ozobot will ask you to provide an update/feedback on:
  • How you are using your Ozobot Classroom Kit with your students
  • How Ozobot can improve learning opportunities for Black students
Please note: If your school is selected, Ozobot will email you at your school email address. Donations will be made monthly, they will keep your application on file and consider it in the months that follow, so there is no need to re-apply.
 

South Carolina’s CSPDWeek is brought to you by CSTA South Carolina, national nonprofit Code.org and their Regional Partner, The Citadel, and the SCDE CTE Office. We are looking forward to hosting hundreds of SC K-12 educators to join us for a week of CS PD this summer.

SC K-12 educators can choose one, week-long, PD workshop and earn a 30-hour, state-recognized PD experience in computer science. Additionally, CSPDWeek will provide a great deal of networking and fun for participants!

Location:  Virtual

Date & Time:  July 26-30, 2021 • 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Save the Date!

 
Want to continue your summer CSPDWeek experience? Or did you miss CSPDWeek and want to learn more? Here are the Spring 2021 CS Workshops offered with the support of SCDE CTE (ALL VIRTUAL):
  • Feb. 20 - Show and Tell - Tools and Resources
  • Mar. 6 - CS Advocacy
  • Apr. 17 - Physical Computing
  • May 1 - Power of Programming Languages
 
 
 
Workshop Descriptions:
 
Show and Tell – Tools and Resources
-Teachers will share lessons and tools they have used in their classes. We will reflect on Fall semester and discuss needs moving forward for Spring and Summer.
CS Advocacy
-As administrators, teachers, and counselors begin to think about courses for next school year, we will spend time discussing equitable recruitment strategies, as well as CS pathways and pipelines.
Physical Computing (advanced topic)
-Discuss micro:bit and other physical computing devices, including implementation in the virtual classroom.
Power of Programming Languages
-Compare and contrast a variety of languages, including use cases, to help teachers determine the program language(s) that may benefit their students for their classroom.
Spring Follow-up PD
 
Part 3 - CS Discoveries - Feb. 27th - Register Here
Part 4 - CS Discoveries - Apr. 24th - Register Here
 
Part 3 - CS Principles - Feb. 27th - Register Here
Part 4 - CS Principles - Apr. 24th - Register Here
There is a whole community of computer science educators just like you out there. If you are looking for inspiration, connection, and a chance to be rejuvenated, join us at CSTA 2021, set for July 14-16, 2021.

CSTA's Annual Conference is a chance for computer science teachers to come together for learning, networking, and fun. We are a community of educators who are changing the lives of students every day in our classrooms. We are eager to share our knowledge and to learn from one another.

Our three-day virtual conference has over 100 sessions of education to broaden your knowledge of computer science education, inspirational keynotes and sessions to reinvigorate your passion for teaching, and countless moments of fun and connection along the way. If you are looking for new and exciting ways to engage with your students in your classroom, look no further than CSTA 2021. You don't want to miss out on this great experience. 
 
Learn about emerging concepts in the field of CS and engage with industry experts on topics on the horizon.

The Future of CS: Emerging Concepts in CS Education

January 16, 2021

12:00 PM-5:00 PMET
 
This half-day online summit will be an opportunity for K-12 CS educators to learn about emerging concepts in the field of CS and engage with industry experts on topics on the horizon.
 
 

The Office of Career and Technical Education (OCTE) at the South Carolina Department of Education is sponsoring some Information Technology and Computer Science Professional Learning Opportunities (PLOs).  All of the sessions will be Virtual via Zoom.   Please use the registration links provided below to register for these events.   More information on the PLOs can be found at the registration links as well.

Please note that this is not the 30 hour PD that allows for the teaching of the Introductory Computer Science courses.  That PD will be announced at a later date. 

Workshop

Date

Registration Link

Curriculum Survey

Oct. 10

https://forms.gle/3gGCqLeFvsJMUwYu6

Machine Learning / AI

Oct. 17

https://forms.gle/3gGCqLeFvsJMUwYu6

Impact of Computing

Nov. 14

https://forms.gle/3gGCqLeFvsJMUwYu6

Nifty Assignment

Dec. 5

https://forms.gle/3gGCqLeFvsJMUwYu6

CS Discoveries, Part 1

Oct. 3

https://studio.code.org/pd/workshops/9524/enroll

CS Discoveries, Part 2

Nov. 7

https://studio.code.org/pd/workshops/9525/enroll

CS Principles, Part 1

Oct. 3

https://studio.code.org/pd/workshops/9526/enroll

CS Principles, Part 2

Nov. 7

https://studio.code.org/pd/workshops/9527/enroll