LATEST NEWS & INFO Category: Computer science

New “cyber range” and hacking competition build skills

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With the cyber world becoming ever more complex and pervasive, demand is growing for competent professionals to keep the cloud, and our personal data, safe from nefarious hackers. To introduce students to the possibilities of such cyber-security work, Columbus State Community College held a competitive “Capture the Flag” event late last year. The college is also working on curriculum leading to a cyber-security degree. To find out more about the college’s interest in cyber security, we contacted Lawrence McWherter, an […]

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Ohio teacher spends her birthday learning computer science with peers

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In partnership with Code.org, Battelle is training 46 teachers in computer science. Last year, we profiled Amy Hill’s first impressions of her Code.org computer science training. We spoke with her again over lunch in January. On her birthday, Amy Hill could have been anywhere. It was a Saturday with the snow finally melting after a week of bitter ice and cold. So, where was she celebrating? She was in Columbus, Ohio, meeting up with her Code.org cohort. If you ask her […]

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Applications for Code.org professional development now live

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A new cohort of Ohio teachers will be selected for Code.org’s Computer Science professional development. Applications are open now. Code.org’s Professional Learning Program is an intensive, year-long learning experience for middle and high school educators interested in teaching Code.org’s Computer Science Discoveries (middle school) or Computer Science Principles (high school) courses. This year’s professional learning will again be free to teachers (although travel will be the responsibility of the school and/or teacher). Participants will explore Computer Science curriculum and tools, experiment […]

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Growing CSforCLE program adds trainings for teachers, thanks to NSF

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News Alert Final amendments to the Computer Science education legislation House Bill 170 passed the Ohio House on Wednesday, December 13. The bill heads to Governor Kasich for his signature. We will have a more complete post on the legislation’s impact and importance soon. Sign up to have it delivered to your inbox. Today, read about a growing push for computer science education in Northeast Ohio. CSforCLE, a computer science education initiative involving, among others, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, recently […]

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Help your student become a #FutureCoder

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In honor of Computer Science Education Week, Hour of Code has challenged schools across the country to introduce their students to the world of coding. Here at the Ohio STEM Learning Network, we encourage schools and students across Ohio to participate in the Hour of Code Challenge. Coding provides students with foundational STEM skills, including problem solving and critical thinking, while preparing them to lead our increasingly digitized workforce. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to the basics […]

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Amy Hill’s classroom: Student goes from “computers never helped me” to teaching others

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This year Battelle is training 46 teachers in computer science. We’re able to do this thanks to the support of the national non-profit Code.org. To take you inside that training experience, we will be profiling teachers in the program all throughout the year. Amy Hill had been teaching English for 17 years in Greenfield when her principal approached her with a new opportunity. Her master’s degree in educational technology from Western Kentucky University made her a prime candidate to teach a new […]

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CS coach Tonkia Bridges: “Teachers don’t have to know everything” to succeed

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I always tell (students): “I don’t know everything.” What I don’t know, I’ll go find out. – Tonkia This year Battelle is training 46 teachers in computer science. We’re able to do this thanks to the support of the national non-profit Code.org. To take you inside that training experience, we will be profiling teachers in the program all throughout the year. First up: Meet Tonkia Bridges, a teacher at Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School. Sam Bodary in our office talked […]

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TECH CORPS: More than twenty years of teaching students about technology

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Since 1995, TECH CORPS members have helped young Americans in K-12 schools and youth-serving organizations learn how to build this country’s technology infrastructure. Inspired by the Peace Corps model, in which U.S. volunteers help citizens in other countries build their infrastructure, TECH CORPS staff members and volunteers have focused on teaching computer science and information technology to U.S. youth. To find out more, we contacted Lisa Chambers, national executive director at TECH CORPS: Q: Can you give us a general overview […]

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Ask a teacher: What are Code.org trainings really like?

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Can a language arts teacher lead a computer science class? That’s a definite “yes,” says Renee Coley. Last fall, the veteran language arts teacher at Hannah Ashton Middle School (HAMS) in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, participated in a weekend of computer science training through Code.org and, in January, started teaching a pilot CS course to students at her school. She says that ongoing sharing with other CS teachers and extensive lesson plans from Code.org are helping her along the way. To expand […]

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Computer science training open to Ohio teachers

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Update: Applications for the 2017-18 CS Principles Professional Learning Program are open until April 14, 2017. The application period for CS Discoveries is now closed. Will you, or a teacher you know, teach computer science next year? Code.org is now offering admission into its Professional Learning Program on computer science (CS). The intensive, year-long training prepares educators to teach CS Discoveries (for middle school) or CS Principles (for high school). Designed for computer science veterans or beginners, this training will […]

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