AP CSA Unplugged

My county ISD recently fell victim to a ransomware attack. Just today, we were able to open the building back up for class. However, computer use is SEVERELY restricted and internet is currently unavailable. Several of my students are having trouble accessing code.org due the restrictions now placed on their school accounts.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do for class? We just finished Unit 3 and were about to start Unit 4.

Hi @adam.draa, I’m so sorry to hear about the ransomware attack :(. This happened to a friend of mine and it took a very long time for things to get back to “normal.” I would start with sending your IT department this link, which goes directly to the sites that should be unblocked for code.org. It would be good to review the rest of the technical requirements.

In the meantime, there are IDE’s that can be used that do not require the internet. What devices do your students have?

During our CSA workshop this summer we explored other resources to teach CSA with in this slideshow, starting on slide 109.

Hopefully your IT department can get the proper sites unblocked. I know this can take some time for an entire school district after a ransomware attack.

Please follow up if you have additional questions or need clarification on any of the resources.

I am curious to hear others’ advice for this.


@adam.draa - Hi Adam, so sorry to hear that your school was compromised. I was researching information for a different inquiry and stumbled upon this online curriculum. It looks it could be implemented unplugged.
I would also suggest a simple IDE be installed on the student computers. I have used JGrasp in the past. It is easy enough for almost any student to use.