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Join Ohio’s Code.org Computer Science 2020-2021 professional development

Note: In response to the COVID-19 crisis, details of this program have changed, including dates. A new post in May 2020 will answer more questions about the program. Dates below have been updated. Computing is a fundamental part of today’s world, but most Ohio students don’t have an opportunity to learn this critical skill. You can make a difference by learning how to teach Computer Science to your students! Applications are open now for a new cohort of Ohio teachers […]

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Students connected with Ohio lawmakers at first Computer Science Advocacy Day

A huge thank you to the many young leaders and the dedicated educators who made today’s Computer Science Advocacy Day a success! Specific thanks to our student advocates: Tayla Robinson from Dayton Regional STEM School and Bhawana Khatiwada from Reynoldburg’s eSTEM Academy.  Read the press release below for more information, share this flyer, and talk to your Senator or Representative about the importance of quality computer science education. Our album of pictures from the event is here, including visits from […]

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Join us in celebrating CSEdWeek 2019 by hosting an Hour of Code in your community

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Computer Science Education Week starts today! Running from December 9 through December 15, this event celebrates the birth of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Admiral Hopper and the transformative power of computer science education by hosting an Hour of Code. Hour of Code creates a fun and creative environment to introduce students to the concepts of computer programming. Schools from around the world participate. Last year, more than 720 million people across the globe […]

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Cleveland teacher Claudene McCoy on computer science, finding confidence

It’s a busy time for computer science in Ohio. The first ever Computer Science Advocacy day at the Ohio Statehouse will be held on December 10, 2019. Learn more about the event here. For computer science workshops for administrators and elementary educators, head over to the events calendar. But the main subject of today’s post is Code.org’s Professional Learning Program. This intensive, year-long learning experience prepares middle and high school educators to teach Code.org’s Computer Science Discoveries (middle school) or […]

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Join us for Computer Science Advocacy Day at the Statehouse

Computer Science opens more doors than any other discipline. Learning the basics will help students in every career—from agriculture to healthcare. Seventy-one percent (71%) of all U.S. jobs require digital skills. High-skilled computing occupations are the fastest-growing, best-paying, and largest sector of all new wages in the U.S. This holds true in our home state. According to the Computing Technology Industry Association, Ohio is ranked 10th in the country in both net tech employment and net tech employment job gains.1 […]

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Ohio’s learning standards for computer science

Legislative update In May, we shared the testimony of Kelly Gaier Evans to the Ohio Senate in favor of changes to Ohio’s licensure for computer science teachers. These changes were approved by the Ohio Senate and signed into law by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on July 18. They provide a short-term computer science licensure solution as Ohio works on alignment of programs to the new standards.The amendment: Permits schools to allow licensed 7-12 teachers to teach Computer Science if that […]

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Keynote preview: Bob Myers on what skills matter for jobs at innovative companies

Keeping up with modern technology is daunting. Keeping up with the latest teaching methods in technology education is equally challenging. But knowing what employers want in their future employees can give educators some direction. That is one aim of the upcoming Connections to Education Conference. The conference, set for July 29-31 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton, is presented by the Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education and the Ohio STEM Learning Network. (Early discounted registration is available through […]

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Testimony on modernizing computer science teaching licenses in Ohio

Last week, Battelle testified on behalf of an amendment under consideration by the Ohio Senate to the Finance Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education. In short, Ohio’s approach to licensing computer science teachers is out of step with today’s needs for widespread, high quality computer science education. We believe there’s a simple solution:  allow a licensed middle school or high school teacher who has completed an endorsed professional development program for AP Computer Science Education to teach AP Computer Science Education. That […]

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Last call for professional learning with Code.org + transcripts

Wednesday, April 24 is the last day to submit an application for the Code.org Professional Learning Program in Ohio for the priority application window. Details about the program are posted here and you can apply on Code.org’s website. Through April, we brought you two quick conversations with Ohio teachers implementing computer science with the support of these trainings. For those of you who couldn’t join us in person, we’re pleased to offer transcripts of those conversations below, along with a […]

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“Bringing computer science to my high school: Is it AP or bust?” – 20 minute teacher chat

Two teachers. Twenty minutes. All the information you need to bring computer science classes to your school this fall in two sessions. This afternoon at 4 p.m., we’ll talk to Elizabeth Davis from Wadsworth Middle School and LaShawna Grimes from Emmanuel Christian Academy about bringing computer science to a middle school. Next week, meet Maria Daull from Wadsworth High School and Anne Trachsel from eSTEM Early College Academy (Reynoldsburg). Teacher chat: Bringing Computer Science to High School Thursday, April 11, […]

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