2018 TIES Conference
The Code Savvy Educators team had a blast presenting at the TIES Conference last week and especially enjoyed the opportunities to network with many other Minnesota and midwest computer science educators!
Our team’s TIES sessions focused on Makerspace 102 – next steps once you have decided to start a makerspace, and an #MNCodes round table discussion – a chance for K-12 computer science educators to connect and collaborate.
We shared some favorite unplugged activities, from Cut Block Logic Puzzles from Teaching London Computing, to 20 questions, a nod to the binary sort algorithm adapted from Google’s Computational Thinking for Educators course, to Build It, a collaborative building activity from Get it Together, Math Problems for Groups Grades 4-12
State of CS Education in Minnesota
Many educators at TIES expressed interest and concern around Minnesota’s current statistics related to computer science education. We were able to share a 2-page CSforAllMN brief that summarizes and helps to visually lay out the data, as compiled by the new Minnesota chapter of the Expanding Computing Education Pathways Alliance, CSforAllMN.
2019 MNCodes Summit – Save the Date!
We were also excited to announce a Save the Date for the 2019 MNCodes Summit – Thursday, May 16th from 9am – 4pm at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities!
This year will mark the 4th annual MNCodes Summit, an event which aims to provide a space for educators to share their knowledge, passion, and resources around computer science education through hands-on and interactive sessions, as well as to advocate for the integration of computer science across content areas as a way to build important, lifelong skills for all students.
Our goal is to draw educators, administrators, community education staff, lawmakers, and other stakeholders to join in our vision of making Minnesota a leader in computer science education.
Registration coming soon – click here to sign up to receive a notification as soon as registration becomes available!