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Essential Online Communities for Computer Teachers

As a computer teacher I find the support of other educators essential to my teaching practice. Over the years I’ve come to rely on the following communities to provide everything from moral support to solid lesson plans. Check out and join these robust communities of computer teachers……
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Essential Online Communities for Computer Teachers
  • John Cork says:
    This AP Teacher Community is a professional learning network connecting teachers worldwide. I utilize the AP Computer Science forum to find computer-related resources and helpful discussion threads. There are great discussion threads that provide informative as well as in-depth discussions sorted by topic, curriculum framework and links to materials and resources. I find the community here very supportive and it’s allowed me to connect with colleagues and grow my professional network.
  • John Cork says:
    This Facebook group’s ‘About Us’ statement describes the group perfectly, “A place to discuss, share resources and get support for all who teach in the world of technology!” I love the posts included in this group as they contain informative computer related articles and helpful teaching resources. For example, recent posts I found interesting included, "9 Ways to Make Your Coding Classroom More Immersive" and "Minecraft: A Parents Guide".
  • John Cork says:
    I strongly encourage anyone involved in K-12 technology education to sign up for CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association). The “Resources” section is loaded with information …. be sure and check out and download the CSTA K–12 Computer Science Standards. Also, educators will find information on the annual CSTA Conference. You also have the option to sign-up for a FREE membership which gives you even more benefits including publications and additional resources.
  • CAS Community

    Website
    community.computingatschool.org.uk
    community.computingatschool.org.uk
    John Cork says:
    Although comprised of mostly British educators I find the CAS (Computing At School) community extremely helpful to my teaching practice. The community features over 20,000 “IT professionals, teachers, educators and academics” who regularly post teaching resources and engage in online discussions. I often download materials from the resources section to support my computer curriculum and teaching. You’ll need to apply for a FREE membership but I assure you it’s well worth it.
  • John Cork says:
    The Code.org forum serves as a Professional Learning Community that supports teachers who use their many excellent coding modules and programs. Here you’ll find support for all of Code.org’s initiatives including Computer Science Principles, Code Studio Curriculum, CS in Algebra and CS in Science. The dedicated teachers I encounter in this forum often post their reflections on teaching practices that were or weren't successful in the classroom.
  • John Cork says:
    My favorite Facebook group with excellent posts, teaching ideas and more! Their mission statement says it all, “With the exploding interest around CS education, we want to create an open group for discussion amongst CS educators, orgs, and other followers of the CS Ed movement. Whether to announce new ideas, debate the merits, or brainstorm, we are stronger when we embrace collaboration and transparent discourse.” The group features many educators who are visionaries in Computer Science ed.
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