CSPDWeek 2023 - Save the Date

South Carolina’s fourth annual CSPDWeek is brought to you by CSTA, CSTA South Carolina, Code.org and their Regional Partner, The Citadel STEM Center, and the SCDE CTE Office. We are looking forward to hosting hundreds of South Carolina K-12 teachers to join us for this free, in-person computer science professional development the week of July 24-28, 2023 from 9:00am to 4:00pm each day at The Citadel.
South Carolina K-12 public teachers can choose one, week-long, PD workshop and participate in a great deal of networking and fun throughout the week! 



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CS EdWeek Kickoff 2022-11-28 05:00:00Z 0

CSTA 2022 Conference

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 2022, set for July 14-17, 2022 in Chicago.

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. 
CSTA 2022 Conference 2022-07-14 04:00:00Z 0 CSTA Annual Convention,National CSTA,pd

Equity in Action Summit

Learn about emerging concepts in the field of CS and engage with industry experts on topics on the horizon.

Equity in Action Summit

April 2, 2022

11:00 AM-2:00 PM ET
This one-day virtual event brings together K-12 Computer Science teachers by calling them to action to provide a more inclusive computer science environment for ALL students, transform their approach to providing equitable CS education rooted in justice, and engage in strategies to equip educators and advocates with resources on representation, access, and culturally sustaining pedagogies.

This one-day virtual event brings together K-12 Computer Science teachers by calling them to action to:

  • provide a more inclusive computer science environment for ALL students
  • transform their approach to providing equitable CS education rooted in justice
  • and engage in strategies to equip educators and advocates with resources on representation, access, and culturally sustaining pedagogies.

Sessions for this summit will be focused on four strands:

  • ACCESS + ibility
  • Representation
  • Removing Barriers in CS
  • Student Voice/Power
Presented by the CSTA Equity Fellows. 
Equity in Action Summit 2022-04-02 04:00:00Z 0 National CSTA,pd

Spring CS PD

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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
Spring CS PD 2021-01-11 05:00:00Z 0 SCDE,The Citadel,code.org,pd

CSPDWeek: Save the Date

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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!

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Ozobot Donation Program

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.
Ozobot Donation Program 2021-01-10 05:00:00Z 0 resources,robotics

Fall CS PD

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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. 



Registration Link

Curriculum Survey

Oct. 10


Machine Learning / AI

Oct. 17


Impact of Computing

Nov. 14


Nifty Assignment

Dec. 5


CS Discoveries, Part 1

Oct. 3


CS Discoveries, Part 2

Nov. 7


CS Principles, Part 1

Oct. 3


CS Principles, Part 2

Nov. 7


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Learningblade Offers Free Resources

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Learning Blade for Remote Learning
Dear SC Educators,
You should have received an email from State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman and OCTE Director Angel Malone that was a  memo to school leadership announcing that they are providing your school a license to the Learning Blade Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) career awareness system for use with remote learning and beyond.
Learning Blade is a system of interactive online lessons and printable at-home activities for 5th to 9th graders, where students learn about STEM and Computer Science careers while reviewing academics. Students can use over 400 online lessons in 12 human-centered "Missions" or stories to explore these exciting careers.  
Questions about Learning Blade can be directed to info@learningblade.com 
Thank you.
Learningblade Offers Free Resources 2020-06-02 04:00:00Z 0 SCDE,curriculum and instruction
Free Certification from TestOut 2020-06-02 04:00:00Z 0 industry certification,professional development
Control Live Robots from Home 2020-06-02 04:00:00Z 0 curriculum and instruction,robotics

USA Science & Engineering Festival SciFest All Access

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USA Science & Engineering Festival SciFest All Access

https://mcusercontent.com/f17be9e3ecfdd4732eed0258a/images/55db21b1-76d8-44fd-a7d0-ba923e78509c.jpgThe USA Science & Engineering Festival announced a new program, SciFest All Access, coming to you virtually this summer! Participants of all ages can engage directly with the Festival’s sponsors and exhibitors to experience 100+ virtual STEM activities! This FREE virtual event will be a graphical depiction of the live Festival to include exhibitor booths, pavilions, and lounges with demonstrations, videos, games, and more.
Register for SciFest All Access to receive more information as it becomes available.  
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Record a CTE Lesson for ETV 2020-06-02 04:00:00Z 0 SCDE,virtual

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program

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Girls Who Code’s free 2-week Virtual Summer Immersion Program (SIP) is going virtual!
Who is SIP for?
Current 9th, 10th, and 11th grade girls and non-binary students are eligible to apply
What is SIP?
Girls Who Code has hosted an in-person immersion coding program since 2012 in select cities. With the challenges presented by the COVID-19 health crisis, we have elected to move this transformative programming online, regardless of student location. Our modified 2-week virtual program teaches 9th–11th grade girls the computer science skills they need to make an impact in their community, while preparing for a career in tech.
Apply to Girls Who Code’s Virtual Summer Immersion Program for an unforgettable summer experience! During this FREE 2-week virtual program, you'll learn the computer science skills you need to make an impact, get an inside look into the tech field, and join a supportive lifelong sisterhood -- all while being virtually hosted by influential companies, like AT&T, Goldman Sachs, Disney, and more. Current 9th-11th grade girls and non-binary students are eligible to apply. Need-based stipends of up to $300 are available for those who qualify.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis, but classrooms are filling up fast! Apply today at girlswhocode.com/virtualsipform or learn more in a webinar.
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Register now for CSPDWeek • July 20-24, 2020! 2020-04-06 04:00:00Z 0 CSPDWeek,SCDE,The Citadel,professional development

CSTA 2020 - Going Virtual

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The National CSTA team has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and the health and safety of our membership is our number one priority. After much consideration, we’ve decided to transition the 2020 CSTA Annual Conference to a virtual conference!
We’ve compiled everything you need to know about the CSTA 2020 transition on our website, which will serve as our hub for the most up-to-date information. Please refer to those FAQs for details on your specific event ticket. 
If you’ve previously registered for the conference, received a scholarship, or are a conference presenter or partner please look out for another email from the CSTA team later today with additional information specific to your situation. 
While the format may be different, we look forward to a great virtual conference — still created by teachers, for teachers — and can’t wait for you to join us the week of July 13, 2020. Registration will re-open in late April and we’ll be sharing more details with you in the coming weeks. 
Be well and thank you for your continued support of CSTA, 
Jake Baskin 
CSTA Executive Director
CSTA 2020 - Going Virtual 2020-04-06 04:00:00Z 0 CSTA Annual Convention,National CSTA,professional development

Makeblock mBlock Training

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Makeblock has launched their education project, Makeblock STEAM On Board. We aim to help educators all over the world open the door to STEAM education and Computer Science with our top-notch hardware and software solutions.

The first phase of this new program will be 100% online. We know our teachers and parents are in need of easy to implement teaching resources NOW! To assist with distance learning, Makeblock created a digital curriculum that does not require hardware. Meeting CSTA & ISTE standards, we aim to create access to computer science and coding. This program is designed for you, the teacher or parent to join, watch, learn, and then share in the future with your students.

Over the next 8 weeks we will explore a set of activities that focus on developing basic programming skills, design skills and creative problem solving skills. 


Join Makeblock and GET ON BOARD with STEAM

Click the link below to sign up! After registration, you will be able to download your free coding resources!
You will receive follow up information later regarding your local live training webinar schedule. 

Get FREE Resources Now


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Java Workshops from Oracle Academy 2020-04-05 04:00:00Z 0 professional development
Student Video Competition for CTE Month 2020-02-03 05:00:00Z 0 ACTE,competition
STEAM Camp at The Citadel • June 8-12 and June 15-19, 2020 2020-02-03 05:00:00Z 0 STEAM,The Citadel,summer camp
Girls Go CyberStart Club • Special Offer for CSTA Members 2020-02-03 05:00:00Z 0
Infusing Computing PD at The Citadel • July 27-30, 2020 2020-02-03 05:00:00Z 0 Infusing Computing,The Citadel,professional development
CRoCS PD at Clemson • June 9-12, 2020 2020-02-03 05:00:00Z 0 CROCS,Clemson,professional development
Code.org Spring PD Opportunities 2020-02-03 05:00:00Z 0 SCDE,The Citadel,code.org,professional development
PGCTF Cybersecurity Comptetition • February 22, 2020 2020-02-03 05:00:00Z 0 competition,cybersecurity

September 28, 2019 • CSTA Day

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As we transition, during the 2019-2020 school year, to ALL high school students required to take Computer Science (not keyboarding) for graduation, we want to make sure that teachers and students have all the resources they need.

Please join us on September 28, 2019 for sessions related to teaching and learning Computer Science and computational thinking.

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Code.org Fall PD Opportunities 2019-09-10 04:00:00Z 0 The Citadel,code.org,pd,professional development
Update your Membership 2019-09-06 04:00:00Z 0 membership,updates,website

Start a CS Honor Society in your School

Are you looking for an opportunity to keep your students engaged outside the classroom? CSTA is thrilled to offer educators across the United States the opportunity to start a Computer Science Honor Society (CSHS) in their high schools. This CSTA program encourages secondary students’ enthusiasm for computer science, honors academic excellence, and promotes service. 
By starting a chapter at your school, you will instill the program’s three core values in your students; recognize students who excel in computer science; provide student leadership opportunities, and support your school and community through meaningful service. Read more about the program and start an application today!
Start a CS Honor Society in your School 2019-09-06 04:00:00Z 0 csta