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
Family Code Night
PaTTAN is pleased to invite every elementary school in Pennsylvania to participate in National Family Code Nights, a free live-stream family learning event for any K-5 school. Even when in-person school gatherings may be impossible, any K-5 school community can share this wonderful learning experience, in which each K-5 child pairs up with a parent or other older partner to do their very first hour of coding, together! No experience needed! It’s great fun, proven in thousands of schools nationwide, and now provided via a live-stream to any school. Schools just select their date at CSisElementary.org, and distribute a provided invitation to families. That’s it! Family members, teachers and educators then join the live-stream from home or school to enjoy an important, delightful experience. A live prize drawing for a Home Robotics Bundle from Wonder Workshop will be featured at each National Family Code Night. So visit CSisElementary.org, pick the Date you want your school community to attend, and give your school community a learning experience they’ll love and value.
Sunday Workshops (Tech Kids Unlimited)
Code Break (Code.org)
Weekly virtual workshops for students with disabilities, aged 7-21 who would like to learn a new tech skill or build on tech skills they know. Recordings for past workshops are also available.
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
VidCode Virtual Coding Club
Drop-in, weekly coding meetups for students ages 11+
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00 pm
Robot Doctor on PA Public TV
PA Public TV and RobotWits are partnering to provide a weekly television series to extend robotics and mathematics lessons to students who may not have access to the Internet. Episodes air weekly on all PA Public TV stations before being archived online at www.wqed.org/therobotdoctor and at www.robotwits.com.
Spark Science (Franklin Institute)
Collection of 30+ Science Demos from the Franklin Institute, some with activity instructions
Supporting Accessibility in Distance Education: Practices for Teachers (National Center on Accessible Educational Materials)
Series of webinars on access and distance education for educators and families
Collection of hands-on STEM activities for students. Each contains a how-to video and extension activities
Virtual Space in the Community (The Space Foundation)
The Space Foundation, with the support of Lockheed Martin, is offering a 15 series webinar event full of space-inspired STEM activities and career pathway discussions geared toward Middle and High school students but also supports parents and teachers.
Resources for AP CS Students (Amazon Future Engineer)
Test-Prep: Free online courses and test preparation materials are available through the Amazon Future Engineer site.
Technology and Universal Design for Learning (SchoolVirtually)
UDL-aligned resources to support all learners with distance and online learning, including students with disabilities and language learners.
I am a Scientist
This new classroom program, founded by two women who have overcome their own relevant hurdles, introduces students, particularly those in junior high/high school, to real-life stories of today’s scientists who are on the frontline of modern innovation—on a mission to inspire STEM careers while shattering outdated industry stereotypes. The program’s collection of classroom toolkits provide real-life stories of modern scientists, classroom resources, posters, career resources, and more.
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.
- CS Unplugged - Collection of free activitities that teach CS through games and puzzles. Teaching materials are provided with each activity.
- Wonder Workshop Toolkits - Wonder Workshop, the creators of Dash and Dot, have created Toolkits for learning about CS and robotics. You do not need to own their products to engage in the activities.
Read about CS: Explore CS with fiction and nonfiction reading.
Resources Curated from STEM & CS Organizations