Implementing HoC School-wide
As our school's Instructional Technology Facilitator, I am the coordinator. I partner with our Gifted Education Specialist (and the other members of our STEAM team). I set up a Google Spreadsheet for teacher to sign up on. Here's a sample of ours. Very basic, but functional. Teachers sign up and during their hour time slot, 1-2 members of our STEAM team (the facilitators) come to their classroom with the iPad cart. Last year, in each classroom, we did a brief presentation about computer science, why it's important and some of the key women figures in the field (GO Admiral Hopper & Ada Lovelace!!). This was the presentation we used last year. We also shared a video from a former student of ours that is now a game designer. This year we plan to feature others in our community that are good role models for future careers in this field. Following our intro, students either used one of the code.org tutorials or an app. Check out our chart HERE, for the tools we used last year - broken down by grade level.
This Year's HoC Tutorials
I'm excited to try out this year's tutorials. I'm currently playing with the Beta version of Code.org's tutorial (featuring Disney’s “Frozen” heroines Anna and Elsa). The kids are gonna love this one! Try it now, HERE. HoC is just 3 weeks away! Hopefully your planning for HoC is going well. If not, it isn't too late to start planning a school-wide initiative now. Give this opportunity to ALL of your students...they deserve it.