Posted by CSTA on Jan 31, 2022

2022 Spring Conference

Virtual/Online

03/12/2022 - 03/12/2022

9:00am - 12:00pm

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Agenda

Welcome, Don Domes

State of Oregon CS, Terrel Smith

TechStart Educator of the Year Award, Pete Steinfeld
 
Session 1 @9:30a (pick one breakout room)
 
  • Equitable Grading and Anti-Cheating Classroom PracticesTerrel Smith & Don Domes
    Join this session to learn about grading practices that tell an accurate and true story about student achievement. We will provide model grading systems for project based classes and discuss ways to disincentivize cheating. Some of the discussion points will be drawn for the book “Grading for Equity”.
     
  • Discover Learning with QR Codes, Jacob Niebergall
    Use technology to improve classroom efficiency and engagement. Join us for a (virtual) hands on workshop. Here you will learn how to create QR codes and effectively use them in your classroom to give students of all ages autonomy and a sense of discovery. In this workshop you’ll learn how to tie your online activities (like Seesaws) and learning to webpages and videos. We will also explore how you can improve local community engagement with this technology. This class is for teachers of all grade levels as well as administrators.
     
  • Minecraft: Education Edition as a Framework for Teaching CS to K-6 and 7-12 StudentsJosiah Blaisdell
    Attendees will see how Minecraft can be used to teach students a variety of tasks including problem decomposition, automation, debugging, writing pseudo code, comparing and refining algorithms, evaluating algorithms, and writing programs that include sequences, events, loops, and conditionals. I will also give you my take on how Minecraft can be used to facilitate game-based learning, social and emotional growth, low risk competition and computer/simulation fluency. Josiah will share with the group how to get started with MCEE on the Microsoft website, take relevant classes (for free!) through Microsoft’s education system, the Minecraft file-structure (for copying worlds and making low-level changes to the game), and show how to play Minecraft. He will also share some history of the game and some youtube videos he’s enjoyed. Come with a laptop and Minecraft Education Edition installed (link to install: https://aka.ms/downloadmee-desktopApp ) and we can all join the world together and work through some examples.
Session 2 @10:30a (pick one breakout room
 
  • Python: How to effectively deliver computer science conceptsDon Kirkwood
    This session will cover ideas regarding the scope and sequence of a Python course as well as teaching strategies for the classroom. 
     
  • Audio and Interaction in Scratch and p5.js!Shawn Patrick Higgins 
    How do you get your students hooked on coding? Audio and Interaction is one of the best places to start! Be it a basic touch based joke generator, a fandom soundboard, or a big interactive choose your own adventure audiobook, teaching students how to code their own touch based audio apps is one of the best projects to get students hyped. Let’s get into it in this session!
     
  • Minecraft: Education Edition as a Framework for Teaching CS to K-6 and 7-12 StudentsJosiah Blaisdell
    Attendees will see how Minecraft can be used to teach students a variety of tasks including problem decomposition, automation, debugging, writing pseudo code, comparing and refining algorithms, evaluating algorithms, and writing programs that include sequences, events, loops, and conditionals. I will also give you my take on how Minecraft can be used to facilitate game-based learning, social and emotional growth, low risk competition and computer/simulation fluency. Josiah will share with the group how to get started with MCEE on the Microsoft website, take relevant classes (for free!) through Microsoft’s education system, the Minecraft file-structure (for copying worlds and making low-level changes to the game), and show how to play Minecraft. He will also share some history of the game and some youtube videos he’s enjoyed. Come with a laptop and Minecraft Education Edition installed (link to install: https://aka.ms/downloadmee-desktopApp ) and we can all join the world together and work through some examples.
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Informal Q&A

Adjourn