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Friday, December 2, 2016

Jump In and Code During Computer Science Week

Computer Science Week (Dec 5-11) is upon us, and it's a great time to lead students and adults through the hour of code. What started as a small vision has turned into a HUGE movement and there are so many resources, everyone is sure to find something that will interest them.

If you want to learn more or need more resources, I've gathered some here for you:

The Computer Science Education Week website houses information about who is participating, how to participate and how to lead and hour of code - https://csedweek.org/

The Hour of Code website houses many resources including a step by step guide of how to teach an hour of code for anyone who is hesitant - https://hourofcode.com/us/how-to

The CODE website features so many resources for introducing students to coding. You can sort activities by grade experience and available technology - https://code.org/learn

And if you have questions and want to learn more about the hour of code, the Are You Ready to Rock the Hour of Code? blog from Intel Teachers Engage answers questions and includes resources.


Most importantly, enjoy the hour of code and have fun. It may change someone's trajectory.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Kicking off 2016-17

Welcome back! The ITLMS team is excited about the upcoming year and all the promises it holds. As a new member of this team, I've been working to streamline many of the resources and means of communication that the ITLMS team uses to support you and provide timely information. It is certainly a work in progress, so I'd love your feedback (site at HERE as a draft, and will be moved to bit.ly/itlms once finalized).
I am also pretty jazzed about the work our team is doing with the district in making actionable our Strategic Plan- particularly the Learning and Teaching portion of the plan. We know that digital learning is a means by which we can amplify instruction and that technology plays an integral role in today's classrooms.
Hopefully as we begin this new year, you are setting some specific goals for yourself in terms of how you plan to up your game with digital learning. I'd like to challenge you to articulate those goals and hold yourself accountable. Create a list or visual and keep it where you can see it. Better yet, set a digital reminder every so often or use a tool like FutureMe.org to do a self check on where you are in your journey towards your goals.
I'm glad to be here, and I'm looking forward to working with you all!
Allison