Resources, professional learning, and support for fostering robust computer science and STEM programs and knowledgeable educators.
Through our partnerships and connections to computer science (CS) educators across the state, we strive to make integrating CS and STEM learning and achieving standards-based compliance an empowering experience for all educators and school districts.
The Illinois State Board of Education defines computer science as the study of computers and algorithms, including their principles, hardware and software designs, implementation, and impact on society. Computer science does not include the study of everyday uses of computers and computer applications, such as keyboarding or accessing the internet. Notably, this is different from computer literacy, “one’s knowledge of and ability to use computers and related technologies efficiently and effectively. More specifically, [it] includes knowing what constitutes a computer, the uses and applications for computers, and the impact of computers on society.”
Free and low-cost services and trainings geared toward building STEM teaching capacity and computer science curriculum integration.
Lesson plans, curricula, and guides for crafting robust STEM programs and meeting computer science teaching standards.
Center for Internet Security (CIS) Tabletop exercises are available for use with users, administrators, and technical professionals. Tabletop exercises are meant to help organizations consider different risk scenarios and prepare for potential cyber threats. All of the exercises can be completed in as little as 15 minutes, making them a convenient tool for putting your team in the cybersecurity mindset. In addition, each scenario will list the processes that are tested, threat actors that are identified, and the assets that are impacted.
Learn more about the K12 Security Information Exchange (K12 SIX). The K12 Security Information Exchange (K12 SIX) is the only national non-profit organization solely dedicated to protecting the U.S. K12 community—including school districts, charter schools, private schools, and regional and state education agencies—from emerging cybersecurity threats.
Utilize the K12 Incident Response Management Plan Template from Security Studio to be better prepared if and when an Incident happens in your District.
IT Security Policy Templates among additional Security Resources from Security Student
The K-12 Cyber Incident Map, a visualization of publicly disclosed school cyber incidents from 2016 to present. Maintained as a public service by K12 SIX.
On September 30, 2020, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center released a joint Ransomware Guide, which is a customer centered, one-stop resource with best practices and ways to prevent, protect and/or respond to a ransomware attack.
Come learn how in this hands-on workshop! Drone expert and enthusiast Ben Sondgeroth will be on hand to offer an introduction to drone terminology, safety issues, legal concerns, and drone options, as well as best practices for implementing drones into the curriculum.
As drones continue to grow in both popularity and functionality, businesses are rapidly expanding their uses of unmanned aerial vehicles. As we look for new ways to prepare our students […]
CS Fundamentals is an introductory workshop for elementary educators new to teaching computer science who want to explore teaching Code.org’s CS Fundamentals curriculum.
Recent blog posts highlighting new STEM resources, partnered training opportunities, and the latest standards guidance.
Still have a little room left in your vacation-bound suitcase? Why not slip in an edtech book so that you can continue growing while you soak up some well-earned rest and relaxation. These 7 books are some of our team’s favorites, too, so you can bet that they’ll be a reliable resource for you heading into the next school year!
Proposal submission is now open for IETC 2022! This is your chance to share your unique perspectives on tech integration strategies, instructional practices, tech infrastructure, and more with 800+ attendees. Plus, there are great benefits in it for you – including free admission. Here’s a quick rundown on what you need to know to submit a proposal for this year’s illuminating conference.
Right now, computing is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States. But in order for today’s students to make the leap into the field, their teachers must lay the right groundwork. Code.org’s resources and low-cost trainings are precisely what you need to help start your students toward a fruitful CS-powered future.
Through our Code.org partnership, Illinois educators can obtain high-quality CS professional development and curricular resources – often for little-to-no cost. You can also develop the expertise needed make CS learning accessible at any grade level using their ever-growing library of projects and teaching tools.
More than two million teachers have brought CS learning to their classroom through Code.org. Learn more about how Code.org can help you and your district grow CS teaching capacity starting today.