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Unpacking Various Entry Points into Innovative Teaching with Jorge Valenzuela

In this interview with Jorge Valenzuela, we discuss the importance of engineering in STEM, situating computational thinking within a problem, getting started with computational thinking and computer science, project-based learning, incorporating social and emotional learning (SEL) in the classroom, Jorge’s approach to professional development, and much more.

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Preparing School Leaders to Advance Equity in Computer Science Education

In this episode Jared O'Leary unpacks Flapan et al.’s (2021) publication titled “Preparing school leaders to advance equity in computer science education,” which provides some suggestions and resources for preparing administrators for advancing equity work in K-12 CS education.

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Celebrating Our Heritage for Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month

BootUp celebrates the lively heritage of four incredible Latinx in Tech professionals challenging identity norms and paving the way for future generations of game-changers.

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Lifelong Kindergarten with Mitch Resnick

In this interview with Mitch Resnick, we discuss misconceptions people have around the four P’s (Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play) in Mitch’s book, encouraging depth of understanding while playing, what has surprised Mitch during his career, encouraging online communication and collaboration without creating artificial engagement, what Mitch wishes we’d see more of and discuss in CS education, our pet peeves with unplugged activities and computational thinking, accounting for survivorship bias with Scratch, expanding our focus on equity and inclusion to include both the “who” and the “how,” the importance of experimenting and learning through play, and much more.

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BootUp PD Has Joined the National Computer Science for All Movement for Its Fifth Year of Commitments

BootUp PD in Utah Joins the Announcement of New Commitments from Schools, Cities, Nonprofits, and Companies to Advance Computer Science Education Across the U.S. and Beyond

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Integration Studios

Integration Studios

In addition to the integration suggestions in our lesson plans and our discussion forum, our Scratch account has several studios that demonstrate the potential for integrating projects with Scratch.

Scratch Studios
Complete List of Lesson Plans

Complete List of Lesson Plans

Use this document to quickly access all of our ScratchJr and Scratch lesson plans and coder resources.

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Unplugged Resources

Unplugged Resources

This spreadsheet is a curated list of more than 100 unplugged lesson plans and resources for elementary coders.

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Remote Learning Resources

Remote Learning Resources

We’ve compiled some resources to help districts, teachers, and families cope with the rise of school closures around the nation.

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