We are excited to announce the release of a collection of resources for virtual and socially-distanced implementations that we believe will help you successfully run the CS Discoveries course this year in a flexible manner, tailored to your needs. Below you will find information about these resources.
The Modifications for Common Teaching Practices document is designed to help you create a plan to implement the practices that we all know and love here at Code.org such as Think Pair Share, Pair Programming, and Debugging, in a virtual or socially-distanced environment. In it you will find recommendations and modifications in addition to handy resources that you can share with your students.
Unit Specific Modifcations
Each unit will have a Unit Modifications document designed to help you create a plan to implement each lesson within the unit. Resources have been provided to help support journaling practices, group projects & collaboration, guidance for Mini-Projects, building a virtual community, and other unit-specific recommendations.
Lesson Specific Modifications
(Currently available in Unit 1)
First, let’s take a moment to discuss the different implementation plans we considered.
We know that on any given day, you may find yourself teaching some students in a socially-distanced classroom with others at home. Maybe you will gather with all of your students on a synchronous call once a week, but on the other days students need to be able to work through content on their own. We designed our Lesson Modifications to account for flexible schedules. For every lesson you will find recommendations for each of these three implementation plans (Virtual Asynchronous, Virtual Synchronous, and Socially-Distanced Classrooms) so you can choose the resources that best fit your circumstances on any given day. We believe this will help you keep pace in the curriculum.
Each lesson in Unit 1 of CS Discoveries now includes a modifications document with instructions and resources. Resources include everything from digital versions of manipulatives to helpful videos to share with your students. You can find the modification documents linked in the Lesson Plans.
How to use these modifications:
- Read the Lesson Plan in whole
- Open the Lesson Modifications document
- Read all of the modifications
- Choose the implementation for your setting
- Review the teacher prep section and any resources and make copies for your class
We are working hard to get more of these resources out to you in a timely manner. We hope these modifications will help address any concerns you have about teaching in a virtual or socially-distanced environment this year. We are here to support you, so please let us know how we can best meet your needs.
Dan, Mike & the CS Discoveries Team
Want to know about our plans for CS Principles? Check out this forum post.