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 Principles course this year in a flexible manner, tailored to your needs. Below you will find information about these resources, but we highly recommend you watch the recorded webinar for all of the details.
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.
Lesson Specific Modifications
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 and every lesson plan in our CS Principles Curriculum will include 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 these resources out to you in a timely manner. Here are the dates when you can expect Lesson Modifications to be released:
- Units 1-3: July 29th
- Units 4-6: August 12th
- Units 7-9: August 26th
- Unit 10: September 4th
Again, if you’d like more information on how to implement these modifications, we highly recommend checking out our recorded webinar.
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.
Hannah & the CS Principles Team
Want to know about our plans for CS Discoveries? Check out this forum post.