Supports for Families
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
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
Spark Science (Franklin Institute)
Collection of 30+ Science Demos from the Franklin Institute, some with activity instructions
Learn CS, online: Free, self-paced online activities and courses.
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.
- 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.
Read about CS:
- CS Unplugged - Collection of free activitities that teach CS through games and puzzles. Teaching materials are provided with each activity.
Explore CS with fiction and nonfiction reading.