Computer Science for All Students, K-12
Expanding Computer Science in all grades, K-12!
Ben Hill School District has been one of five school districts selected to participate in the Computer Science for All (CS4All) initiative in Georgia. The initiative is led by Dr Caitlin Dooley, Deputy Superintendent, of Teaching and Learning, at Georgia Department of Education. Dr Dooley and her Computer Science Team came to visit Ben Hill in January, 2019. See links below for more information.
Link to GaDOE Computer Science web page: http://www.gadoe.org/Pages/Computer-Science.aspx
Here are some exciting things on the horizon in Georgia, including:
- A state plan for CS Education (here)
- The first ever K-8 Georgia Standards of Excellence for Computer Science (Available for public review on org)
- New online CS professional development courses on GaLearns (first courses due in February 2019)
- Teacher Endorsement scholarships (February 2019)
Georgia's School Superintendent Richard Woods, Encourages Hands-on Learning that Teaches Critical Thinking & Collaboration
"Computer Science continues to be a priority of Superintendent Woods. The GaDOE has formed a partnership with Code.org to provide professional learning for teachers and added a dedicated Computer Science staff member to provide support to districts across the state. Under Woods' tenure, computer science courses have been approved to serve as a fourth math or science credit requirement for graduation, offering students an additional pathway to graduation. The GaDOE has also launched CS4GA -- a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of computer science education and increase opportunities for students. Recently, GaDOE was awarded a $300,000 grant to support computer science programs in metro and rural schools.
Woods is committed to ensuring that the GaDOE continues to work with business and industry and other partners to provide support for increasing the number of computer science teachers in the state. To this end, the GaDOE has hosted several national summits around computer science and is identifying and creating a statewide network of computer science experts, stakeholders, and leaders."
$25,000 Coding Grant for BHMS
BHMS has been awarded a grant of $25,000 to implement Coding during the 2018-19 school year. The grant will include the purchase of Lego Mindstorms Education EV3 kits, Ozobot-Evo Classroom Kits, and training for two science teachers. Look for more informaiton during the school year as we move forward implementing Computer Science skills at BHMS.
Keep checking for more information as we add three new Computer Science courses at BHMS in the Fall of 2018.