Computer Science February Newsletter

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February 2019

Computer Science

Consider this...

"Very few people grow up to be professional writers, but we teach everyone to write because it’s a way of communicating with others—of organizing your thoughts and expressing your ideas. I think the reasons for learning to code are the same as the reasons for learning to write. When we learn to write, we are learning how to organize, express, and share ideas. And when we learn to code, we are learning how to organize, express, and share ideas in new ways, in a new medium."

Mitch Resnick

Computer Science is Elementary

A project to launch six innovative computer science elementary schools. The six high-poverty schools will be competitively selected to transform existing buildings with engaging computer science instruction. This will create more opportunity for their students, including real-life work experiences with area employers. Learn more about the vision, eligibility, awards and timeline for the project on the Computer Science is Elementary webpage.

Still curious to know more about the Computer Science is Elementary project? Join us for an informational webinar on February 18 or 26. Sign up today at


Elementary students experiencing computer science

Khan Academy

What can you do with computer science and programming skills once you've learned them? Khan Academy invited people from all around the world and the industry to introduce themselves to you. Find out how diverse the field can be! Watch Khan Academy’s Computer Programming segment “Meet the Professional.”

Light Reading

Code Breaker: Increase Creativity, Remix Assessment, and Develop a Class of Coder Ninjas! 

In Code Breaker, educator Brian Aspinall shares his insights on how to turn curriculum expectations into skills. Students identify problems, develop solutions, and use coding and computational thinking to apply and demonstrate their learning.


US Dept of Education Prioritizes Computer Science Funding

The U.S. Department of Education just made a major move to support expanding K-12 computer science, especially for underserved student populations. For the very first time, the Department has exclusively prioritized funding for computer science in one of its major grant programs.


Computer Science Web page 

Standards Guidance document

Twitter - Follow me at @wrenhoffman and use the hashtag #CSforIA .

Sharing - Do you have a story or an experience to share? I’d love to include examples of what is happening in schools and districts around the state in the next newsletter.