We are aware that these are challenging times for schools, families, and educators. Our resources page offers support and ideas.
The MCCE and USM are working to continue to support our many projects and will provide online options as needed.

Resources for teaching non-AP computer science in middle school and high school

This resource with dozens of free options for online learning curing this crisis is constantly being updated with lots of free resources especially for this situation: http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/, join the FaceBook group for more info.

Article on integrating CS into your plans https://medium.com/csforall-stories/3-ways-to-integrate-computer-science-into-your-covid-19-planning-5720aecaa270

Here are some great resources to try out

  1. Code.org is providing resources https://code.org/athome to support all of their classes, with special resources for CS Discoveries 

    https://code.org/athome/csd

  2. Khan academy has ramped up to respond. They’ve tested systems to make sure they can meet the increased demand, developed daily schedules for students, hosted webinars for teachers and parents, and started holding daily livestreams. Please keep checking the resource page as it gets updated regularly.

  3. Codesters offers free unlimited use of our Python learn-to-code platform for the 2019-2020 school year. Codesters' 30 minute distance learning webinar will help you get started. You have 2 dates to choose from. Register Here for Codesters Webinar Mar 26, 2020 02:00 PM EST Mar 27, 2020 02:00 PM EST

     

  4. BlocksCAD  https://www.blockscad3d.com/distance_learning  builds math and computer science skills by using specialized 3D CAD (computer-aided drafting) software. NO PRINTER NEEDED! A block-based coding platform allows students to create and manipulate 3D objects while using geometry and computational thinking skills.       We'd like to support teachers by offering anyone in a closed school the chance to have access to BlocksCAD for Education Premium for free until the end of the school year.

  5.  CMU CS Academy https://academy.cs.cmu.edu/splash Provides a free, online, interactive textbook for high school and middle school teachers to use to teach computer science
  6.  Code Combat. 3rd - 5th and up. CodeCombat is a game-based computer science program where students learn typed Python and JavaScript and see their characters react in real-time to their code. CodeCombat combines standards-aligned curriculum materials with automatic differentiation, teaching tools, and project-based courses to promote grit, problem-solving, and self-confidence. CodeCombat is offering free, full access to our game-based computer science curricula (CodeCombat & Ozaria) during school closures for affected schools and districts.
  7.  Codesters https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeVs2GIZcfOsC-_SMuWpLzHHg4e5NoBIhoe-QL4Au52SQvmfA/viewform     With many schools temporarily closing due to the coronavirus outbreak we recognize the enormity of issues currently facing school communities. Codesters is offering free, 30 day unlimited use of our Python learn-to-code platform to any school that is planning for a temporary closure.   Codesters Python Part I Curriculum
  8.  EduCode Academy  Coding Lessons / Computer Science    educode.org      EduCode™ makes coding and computer science education accessible for kids of all learning styles and backgrounds, on a large scale, without the need for guidance from a teacher. Self-directed courses empower kids to learn coding independently. EduCode's key difference resides in our video micro-lessons, which break down complex computer science concepts into fun and engaging exercises. Rich storylines provide context and motivation throughout the learning journey. 2 months free for all families
  9. MAD-learn     6th - 8th       mad-learn.com/covid19          Build mobile apps with your students!           Free licenses to MAD-learn for teachers and students
  10. Python with Penjee     STEM High School    https://penjee.com      Teach kids python. Penjee was made to help kids transition from block coding to their first programming language-Python. It offers virtual classroom so teachers follow student progress and provide feedback along the way.            Penjee will be free for the remainder of the 2020 school year (through July).
  11. Thunkable       STEM 6th - 8th, High School, Higher Education      https://blog.thunkable.com/learning-computer-science-at-home-thunkable-education-resources-6280e119e5a9   Learning Computer Science at Home — Thunkable Education Resources   Free computer science curriculum that teaches students how to build mobile apps.
  12. Grasshopperhttps://grasshopper.app/ Is a free app for learning to program through fun games and puzzles
  13. CoderZ is free this school year and gives kids hands-on virtual robotics opportunities

CSTA has also curated resources for online teaching and teaching about coronavirus

These online resources are being updated dailyhttp://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/

Open P-TECH This is IBM’s newly released platform offering a free digital education experience to equip young people and educators with foundational knowledge about topics like cybersecurity, AI and cloud computing, plus professional skills like design thinking, resume writing and interviewing. Open P-TECH gives students and teachers access to the same badges that IBMers take! Students can earn "digital badges" that can be added to their resumes, demonstrating their knowledge and skills as they apply for employment or higher education. Additionally, teachers can also stay connected with students outside the classroom with access to activities and lesson plans to extend the learning that students complete on the platform. The free IBM program also comes with a student progress dashboard to monitor progress and assign new content to students. You can learn more and register here. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions.

 IBM Skills Curated programs and courses on IBM Skills that give you the tools to explore new ideas, careers and courses so that you can reach your full potential. We have resources for students, teachers, and parents to engage in learning like a professional development series on AI for teachers and live events for students. You'll find a curation of coursework by topic and other learning resources that can be used anytime, anywhere.

Dianne O'Grady-Cunniff, dogrady at usmd dot edu
Director, Maryland Center for Computing Education

Dr. Megean Garvin, mgarvin at usmd dot edu
Director of Research, Maryland Center for Computing Education

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MCCE received initial support from the National Science Foundation, (MSP)2 Grant No. 0831970.