Please, please, please email ALL the school board members BEFORE Wednesday!! (Wednesday is the all-day retreat where this matter will be discussed and the superintendent will propose how he plans to spend those funds) Ask them to please ensure that the $178,487 of local money is used for employee compensation ONLY!!!!! Maybe that means a .75 raise or a one-time bonus but something is better than nothing!
That $178,487 will be used on something. We need to be sure it is used for employee compensation.
Recently, SciShow Kids organized a playlist of videos covering topics that are frequently connected to symbols of Halloween. Those topics are bats, spiders, skeletons, and the changing colors of leaves.
This week TinyTap introduced a new feature called TinyTap Courses. TinyTap Courses lets you organize your games into thematically-aligned units. You can also include games made by other TinyTap users who have publicly shared their games.
You can create TinyTap games by importing or taking pictures then highlighting parts of the images to serve as answer choices. Another way to create games is to include text that students have to correct or complete in a fill-in-the-blank and or multiple choice fashion.
The activities in CS First are based on the Scratch programming interface. The lesson plans are intended for use with elementary school and middle school students.
The lesson plans on CS First are quite detailed. In fact, they might be too detailed at times as they even include instructions like telling students to sit down. Beyond the lesson plans CS First offers a thorough set of training materials for teachers who have not previously taught computer science and or previously used Scratch.
Browse through these lessons. They may make great enrichment activities or anchor activities. You may even want to have your own kids play on it at home. I plan to browse them myself more as I get time.