I'm getting so excited about Hour of Code next week and will be working with Peter at the Agency  and with Vita-Learn  to showcase Vermont's participation in Hour of code as well in trying to showcase what Vermont is doing BEYOND an Hour of Code around introducing our students to computer science.    LET"S make sure your SCHOOL is featured.

Here are a couple of ways you can involve your school. - please forward this email to educators in your school who might consider joining us to showcase Vermont  schools.  We'd love to send a press release to press and has your school included.

1)  Send pictures/ videos/ screenshots of code  directly to our Think About Code gallery that will be automatically update during the week if you follow these directions   (vermont) is the secret word. 

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2)  Participate in a VIDEO Chat guest speaker series

that will happen at 10 a.m. (hopefully each day) during Hour of Code week. 
There are two ways you and your students can participate. 
   - you can interview a guest speaker who will start by sharing a bit about  how their job/career/or company uses computer science skills then will answer questions from you, your students, or a facilitator. 
   -  you  can be part of a  video chat panel that will feature what some Vermont schools are doing to build computer science skills beyond an hour of code.  I'm looking for volunteers for 4 different panels (1) elementary (2) middle grades (3) high school    (4) out of school / after school activities that also support in school learning

PLEASE consider joining one of these video chats panels by emailing me at [log in to unmask]  and I'll send you more details. 

3)   Add your school to this MAP  of Vermont Schools who are including computer science in ways beyond an hour of code by completing this form. 

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On Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 9:55 AM, Drescher, Peter <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hello all:


Next week opens up Hour of Code week and the Agency of Education is hoping to capture some of the exciting things folks are doing at the local level and broadcast, tweet, share, etc. out to the wider world.  I encourage  you to send your activity ideas and school schedules to either myself or Lucie Delabruere over the course of this week.   


Lucie has been doing a great job pulling together some of the active sites and framing them up at this website:  Vermont Thinks About Code

You will find activities, announcements and such there.  That page is also where pics from the week and various connections between educators can be made as they do, create, and explore during the Hour of Code week.


A couple of things to note: 

On December 4th, we have organized an event here at the Agency of Education where we’ll have students teaching some VIP’s and Agency staff how to code.  We reached out to some Central VT schools and hope to have a few students on hand to “teach” the adults about some of the ways coding is done.  We may be broadcasting the event, still working on details, but stay tuned.  This might be something you want to do in your “neighborhood” as well.  Ask your legislators and/or other local officials to join you. 


We are also looking to virtually join together schools who may want to work on activities together.  This need not be anything formal, maybe just two classrooms using one of the tools or apps at the Hour of Code week website and talking about their work.   Just trying to find ways to capture interactivity while students learn coding.   Reach out if you want to try to collaborate in that way.  


Haley Jones, our Communications person here at the Agency and myself would be happy to come visit and bring some attention to any events you have going on.  Give us a little notice and we’d be happy to set something up, perhaps even try to get some press involved, or encourage your local legislators, etc. to come along too. 


Finally, we really want this year to highlight the concept of Computer Science in the schools.  This is a year where the standards and requirements in licensure are up for renewal and we want to try to structure this endorsement so that teachers in various subject areas can apply, much like the Ed Tech specialist endorsement.  So, if there are press opportunities, be sure to bring in Computer Science as a needed area of emphasis for schools.


Thanks and happy coding!






Peter Drescher

State Director of Educational Technology

VT Agency of Education

219 N. Main St. Suite 402

Barre, VT   05641





Lucie deLaBruere

Google Voice (802) 557 0013

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Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.
  - James M. Barrie
Google Certified Educator / Google for Education Certified Trainer, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator


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