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Our newsletters highlight a variety of people, organizations, and resources that are doing work to broaden participation and expand equitable and engaging computer science and STEM opportunities. We are honored to work in this space along with so many talented and passionate individuals and want to help bring attention to their work.

This Week’s Spotlight and Project Inspiration: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 18th is Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
This week, and every third Monday in January, we reflect on, remember and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King was one of the most influential leaders of the American Civil Rights movement and we continue to look to his words and actions as a guide for social justice today.

 These words continue to ring true today as technology evolves to facilitate instantaneous sharing, connecting, problem solving, and creating. Youth voices and innovations are necessary in creating positive change in our communities; we need everyone’s voices, expertise, and perspectives to help tackle today’s tough challenges. 
Our work is to ensure that all students have access to equitable and engaging opportunities to use their own creative genius and the power of computer science to become creators of new technologies and innovations. We are passionate about this mission because we believe the computer science and STEM leaders of tomorrow are already in our communities. Drawing on Dr. King’s words, we are morally and ethically committed to using our work to interrupt and counteract racial, gender and socio-economic gaps in computer science through inclusive teaching and learning practices, focused programs and training and in-school partnerships. 
Together with our mentors, partner educators, and youth participants, we have seen the power and positive impact made possible through creative computer science projects. Take a look at a few examples of apps created by female youth in our Technovation[MN] program: “The Power of You” and “Bridge.
Want to give app development a try? Check out this timely “I Have a Dream” app tutorial to help anyone learn step by step!
Helping all students to be able to leverage computer science to create and share their ideas is crucial for our future, and will help build a world one step closer to Dr. King’s vision.
Remember, this is just a suggestion; use your creative genius to create a personalized project!

We hope you create a CS project in honor of Make Your Dreams Come True Day! If you do, please share it with us.

Share your CS to Go projects!

How to Share: We invite CS to Go with Code Savvy participants to consider sharing your projects publicly with the Code Savvy and greater #MNCodes community via video with Flipgrid. We can’t wait to see what you create! Please be sure to follow online safety guidelines and get adult permission before sharing. You can find our Privacy Policy here.

Catch Up on Past Weeks’ CS to Go and Bytes of Inspiration Videos

CS to Go and Bytes of Inspiration with Code Savvy are our response to the current health crisis -- Code Savvy’s programs have come together to develop weekly youth- and educator-centered videos that focus on creating new things with computer science. You can find all CS to Go and Bytes of Inspiration videos under Distance Learning on our website!

other happenings

Code Savvy’s MNCodes Educator Training Program

#CSforGood and #CSforSocial Justice
In the classroom there are many opportunities for educators to help students become creators through computer science. This can become especially engaging for students when they are given opportunities to become problem solvers and create new technology ideas to help solve problems they see in the world around them. Helping students to see they can use technology to amplify their voices and share their ideas can be a very empowering experience for students. Younger students could share their ideas through paper and pencil drawings, prototypes made of household materials, or by creating simple stories, animations and games using Scratch Jr or Scratch. Older students can use tools such as micro:bit or Thunkable to bring their ideas to life! Helping students to see computer science as a tool to help others can engage a wider range of students in the classroom. Check out the #CSforGood and #CSforSocialJustice hashtags on Twitter to see what others are trying!

CS Integration Curriculum Showcase
As part of the MNCodes Cohort, educators are asked to create lessons that integrate computer science with another curricular content area such as literacy, math, science, or others, and align to both CSTA and MN Academic Standards. We will use this space to regularly showcase various curriculum resources that have been created by current or former MNCodes Cohort members.
  • App Development with Google Slides: Check out Patrick S’s lessons to help students create their own prototype apps using Google Slides. It can sometimes feel overwhelming for students (or any of us!) to try to learn new skills on a new platform in order to share the ideas we have in mind. If we draw on a tool that students are already familiar with, such as Google Slides, we can try to reduce some of the barriers associated with new tools and still provide students with more ways to share their ideas. This project is a great way to introduce students to app design without having to learn any new tools. To see other projects that integrate CS into core content areas, you can browse our database on the MNCodes website

Coffee + CS Ed Zoom Call
Looking for more ways to connect with other educators interested in CS Ed? Or do you have ideas to share, questions or want to try out a resource in the company of other K12 CS Educators? Check out Coffee + CSEd Chats - every Friday at 8am, CT. Anyone is welcome to join! Details and Zoom info can be found here.

Our winter/spring schedule is now available here.Our next virtual event is January 30 - Register Here. Hope to see many of you there. Sign up for email notices - CodeDojoTC and Rebecca CoderDojo.


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Code Savvy empowers youth and educators with the knowledge, skills, and support to create with technology while interrupting and counteracting gender, racial, and socioeconomic gaps in computing. We create opportunities for hands-on computer science learning that inspires learners to transform the future.

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