SEP Resources

Note taking tools


Here is a short selection of free-to-use device and browser-based note taking apps for your class. In combination with worksheets and other online materials, note taking is a great way for your students to write reusable code, keep a log of changes (especially for Scratch), come up with their own cheat sheets, and collect materials for their projects (among many other things).

Evernote– Complete suite of tools, organizing text, ability to add images and audio

Microsoft OneNote – Notes, to-do lists, organizing projects, collaborate with others

Google Keep – Short notes, lists of ideas, drafts, can copy straight to a Google Doc

Hackpad – Write notes, organize them into collections, add images, video and audio, collaborate in real-time with others

Game Design Tips & Tricks!


Here are a number of resources on game design that’ll support what you learned at our last PD. These resources span from prototyping games on paper to breaking down famous video game levels!

Three primary principles of game design

Use Paper Prototyping to design your games

Google CS First – Scratch Game Design

Design Club – Super Mario Bros: Level 1-1 – How Super Mario Mastered Level Design (video)

Nintendo – Putting Play First | Game Maker’s Toolkit


Webinars

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CS Ed Week Webinars

Preparing for CS Ed Week Pt 2

Recording

Teach For America’s Director of Computer Science Colleen Lewis shared seven things to emphasize when you’re introducing CS to students for the first time. Resources for volunteers in K-12 classrooms (or teachers who will have volunteers in their classrooms).

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Preparing for CS Ed Week Pt 1

Recording

Tips and tricks for getting ready for CS Ed Week. Learn strategies for creating meaningful CS learning experiences for students at scale from Oakland Unified School District’s Claire Shorall and the Washington Leadership Academy’s Jaishri Shankar.

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Diversity Does Not Equal Equity

Wednesday, November 30th 7:30pm – 8:30pm

A diverse population of students in a computer science classroom does not automatically translate to equity. This webinar discusses strategies for providing appropriate messages to stakeholders, recruiting for diversity and equity, and maintaining a computer science program over time.

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