Supports for Families

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Office Hours:

Please note office hours are intended to provide real-time technical assistance to educators, caregivers, parents, and students. Technical assistance is not legal advice. Specific questions concerning a student’s special education program or the laws relating to the provision of services in a child’s IEP (Individualized Educational Program) should be directed to ConsultLine at 800-879-2301.


Testing your system:

Participants are encouraged to test your computers/devices prior to the date of the web conference using https://zoom.us/test, and to seek local assistance if you encounter difficulty.

Possible Topics: Selecting online learning resources for students

Email for an appointment:  PAsmart@pattan.net


Live Trainings

Code Break (Code.org)

Wednesdays at 1 PM ET
During these weekly live webcasts, Code.org will deliver instruction for families and students.

Philly Zoo at 2 (Philadelphia Zoo)
Weekdays at 2:00 pm

Home Safari (Cincinnati Zoo)
Weekdays at 3:00 pm (recordings saved)
Live videos with activity guides
 

PreRecorded Trainings

Spark Science (Franklin Institute)
Collection of 30+ Science Demos from the Franklin Institute, some with activity instructions
 

 

Resources

Learn CS, online:  Free, self-paced online activities and courses.
  • Hour of Code - Collection of one-hour tutorials, searchable by available technology, grade-level, and more. 
  • Scratch - Block-based programming platform compatible with any web-enabled device.  It also provides online tutorials (Scratch ideas). The Scratch Offline Editor is available for participants with limited internet.
  • CS Academy - Introductory CS Course designed for high school students.
Learn CS, unplugged: Whether out of necessity due to limited internet access or as ways for different types of engagement, there are many options to explore CS through "unplugged" (does not involve computers or the internet) activities.
  • CS Unplugged - Collection of free activitities that teach CS through games and puzzles.  Teaching materials are provided with each activity. 
Read about CS: Explore CS with fiction and nonfiction reading.