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Tuesday, December 1, 12:00–1:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Lisa Cutshall  
Sherry Gick  

Explore the ins and outs of Google’s CS First curriculum in this virtual interactive session. This free online program supports learners in grades 4-8 and teaches block-based coding through projects in numerous content areas. Learn how CS First can blend into any instructional model.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: All material will be shared so that it is accessible online without a required program or unique application beyond a browser.
Topic: Computer science & computational thinking
Grade level: 3-5
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
Designer
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
Citizen
  • Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.
Analyst
  • Provide alternative ways for students to demonstrate competency and reflect on their learning using technology.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

In this session, participants will explore the ins and outs of Google’s CS First curriculum. The free, online program supports learners in grades 4-8 and teaches block-based coding though projects aligned to numerous content areas. Get a first-hand look at student activities, the teacher dashboard, lesson plans, and solution sheets to help you implement CS First in your classroom with confidence! Presented by Google Certified Trainers with experience leading CS First workshops across the country, this session will allow you to ask questions about best practices and adjusting for unique classroom environments. Are you already using CS First with your students? Great! Our experts can guide you through content integration resources and lesson plans to help you get the most from your CS First experience.

Supporting research

The CS First curriculum stands on a strong foundation of research exploring: reports on computer science education, strategies for increasing access and improving participation, current challenges and barriers to participation, and strategies to improve student engagement and build skills for the future. A more comprehensive resource list can be found at
https://edu.google.com/latest-news/research/?modal_active=none&story-card_activeEl=computer-science-and-future-skills.

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Presenters

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Lisa Cutshall, Five Star Technology Solutions
ISTE Certified Educator

Lisa Cutshall is an educational technology leader with a passion for student learning using innovative digital tools, blended learning models, and data systems. Currently the Director of Partner Engagement for Five-Star Technology Solutions, she works closely with Google teams to provide strategic planning and professional development for school districts through their Google Partnership and Education Specialization. With over 10 years in public education as a middle school science teacher, technology coach, and Director of eLearning, Lisa is an advocate for student opportunities with technology and computer science. She loves to travel, renovate homes, and laugh with family.

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Sherry Gick, Five Star Technology Solutions

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