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CT for an Inclusive World

In this episode Jared O'Leary unpacks Mills et al.’s (2021) publication titled “Computational thinking for an inclusive world: A resource for educators to learn and lead,” which is a white paper that provides strategies for integrating computational thinking into disciplinary learning and for developing capacity for computational thinking.

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Champions of Computer Science

Clark Merkley has a plan—a plan to go out of business. “If every elementary student in the worldknew how to code and knew how to do rigorous computational thinking, we would close the doors.” Because of Clark’s lofty goal, BootUp PD will not likely be closing anytime soon.

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Problematizing Deficits with Sara Vogel

In this interview with Sara Vogel, we discuss changes in CS education since Sara was last on the podcast, the impact of COVID on learning, some of the problems with computational thinking, the importance of modifying curricula to make it more culturally and historically responsive, deficit language and racism around bilingual students, the importance of understanding translanguaging pedagogies, what apprenticeship and joint work can look like in education, and much more.

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Contemporary Venues of Curriculum Inquiry

In this episode Jared O'Leary unpack an excerpt from Schubert’s (2008) publication titled “Curriculum inquiry,” which describes different venues or types of curriculum that educators and education researchers should consider.

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Amazon Is Partnering with Shelby County Schools for BootUp Program

MSCS is teaming with Amazon for the BootUp program that aims to teach kids about computer coding.

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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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Lesson Ideas and Resources

Lesson Ideas and Resources

Our Moodle Lesson Ideas and Resources is curated by fellow teachers and instructional coaches we've worked with.

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Discussion Forum

Discussion Forum

Join in on the conversation with colleagues and peers about all things computer science!

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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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