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ScratchJr
Available with LAUSD Single Sign On (SSO).
ScratchJr will work best when kids have lots of guided practice through structured exercises and hands-on support. Although the interface is designed to appeal to younger kids, the program still features a lot of things to click and drag around. So confusion is likely, and getting stuck is easy. But with carefully prepared lessons that walk students step by step through the activities, in an hour or two, they should be able to modify stock programs and even start building their own interactive scenes.
 
 
 
 
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Reduce Student Anxiety (and Your Own) During Uncertain Times
As the coronavirus pandemic moves into its second year, many students, teachers, and families face uncertainty about when, or how, their schools will make the transition to hybrid or, eventually, fully in-person learning. The dynamic nature of the pandemic -- not to mention everything from vaccine misinformation to highly politicized debates around school reopenings -- can make for a lot of confusion for everyone, especially kids. As many of us prepare for some form of transition back into the classroom, it's easy for students to find themselves confused or worried as they try to make sense of what's happening.
 
 
 
 
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Can We Understand Health and Science News from Headlines Alone?
New scientific research happens all the time. And it seems like every day there’s a story in the media about a stunning new discovery in the worlds of science and health. But whether it's the latest research on COVID-19 vaccines or a study about the effects of screen time on kids, not all media report on science and health news in the same ways.
 
 
 
 
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Learning with Technology
Learning with technology, whether with a math app, a video how-to, or a wiki, opens up a new world of discovery for kids. As they access information in novel ways, kids are preparing for life in a new interconnected, global world. Learn how to spot the good stuff, find the right products for your kids' needs, and foster a love of learning.
 
 
 
 
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Congratulations: Digital Citizenship Certification

Check out the directory and map below to view all Common Sense Certified Educators and Schools across the District:
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Digital Citizenship Certified Educators 
Los Angeles Unified School District as of April 2021
February 2021 Map
 
 
 
 
 
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Common Sense Education Recognition Program
L.A. Unified and ITI recognize schools and educators who achieve Common Sense Certification. For the School Year 2020-2021, we continue our partnership with Common Sense Education to offer a complete K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum. See the variety of materials and lessons available along with the application process on how your school and teachers can become part of the Common Sense Education Recognition Program:

Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified Educator
Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School
 
 
 
 
 
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Course of Mind: Dive Into the Learning Sciences
There are many ways to refer to a field of research that focuses on what makes learning happen. How do we learn? How is our learning affected by our body, our tools, and materials, our resources, our relationships, or our environment? How do these factors all come together to shape what and how we learn? These questions are complex and not easily answered by just one field of research.
 
 
 
 
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Fine-Tuning Your PBL Projects
In project-based learning, students achieve better results when they receive feedback and have time to make improvements in their final products or solutions. The same is true for PBL teachers. Critique and revision will help you improve projects so that your students experience high-quality learning from start to finish.
 
 
 
 
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3 Steps to Dismantle Inequities in Your School
I have the good fortune of working with talented educators around the country who are committed to centering diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in their work. In my roles as a former founding school leader and as I now train, coach, and support education and nonprofit leaders near and far, I get to see entire organizations come to life when they meaningfully commit to infusing DEI effectively into their day-to-day practices.
 
 
 
 
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How Education Leaders Can Build Capacity for Digital Teaching and Learning
As the rate of COVID-19 vaccinations accelerate, increasing numbers of students are returning to in-person classrooms. With the end of the global pandemic on the horizon, educators and leaders are reflecting on the national disruption that caused a complete transformation of education for over a year.
 
 
 
 
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Do You Know the 7 C's for Educators?
The Innovator Solutions section includes contributions from corporate sponsors and advertisers representing education organizations, businesses, policy-making bodies and other influencers dedicated to transforming education. This blog post was provided by Microsoft Education.
 
 
 
 
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Don't Ban Technology: Help Kids Strive for Balance
We seem to be living in an all-or-nothing, black-and-white world without any acknowledgment that there can be a middle ground. Our attitudes toward technology and our children are hardening into these types of fixed mindsets.
 
 
 
 
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Amy Tran Is Creating the School of Tomorrow
In a corner of their high school fabrication lab, Amy Tran’s students are building a model of London. But this isn’t just any London.

It’s a futuristic smart city where garbage-collecting robots use sensors to navigate the streets, smart lights turn on and off depending on the sun and moon, and each 3D-printed building has a QR code you can scan to learn more about its purpose.
 
 
 
 
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Readiness Resource Center - In Preparation for Device Distribution
The Instructional Technology Initiative (ITI) offers District-wide instructional resources to support schools’ completion of the readiness resource items in order to distribute digital tools to students. Please visit the ITI website Readiness Resource Center for more information

For more information, please contact Allison Jonas, Readiness and Integration Coordinator, at allison.jonas@lausd.net.
 
 
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The MaCES Girls Who Code club are coming to Coolest Projects USA 2020!
As we learned last week from brothers Navin and Anish, project ideas can be inspired by anything around you. For the Girls Who Code club in Maywood, California, many of their projects were inspired by things that are important to them, and coding gave them the space to create projects that make a difference. Their incredible projects can be seen at Discovery Cube Orange County!
 
 
 
 
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How Courses Like Coding and Design Lead to Tech Literacy
Technology is ubiquitous in the lives of today’s students. As technology users, students access technology for entertainment, communication, and learning. Tech literacy, which has become as essential as reading, writing, and arithmetic in preparing students for the future, encourages students to move beyond the role of technology consumers to becoming technology creators.
 
 
 
 
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Promoting a Sense of Community With Esports
Esports and digital gaming are very popular—there were 495 million viewers of esports worldwide in 2020, and 9.24 million active streamers on Twitch producing esports and gaming content, and a 2018 Pew survey found that 97 percent of teen boys and 83 percent of teen girls in the U.S. play video games. Schools that leverage this passion by setting up esports programs can potentially boost feelings of belonging for many students.
 
 
 
 
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Yashvi A. is Congressional District 30's App Challenge Winner!
Congratulations to Highlander junior, Yashvi A. whose app won Rep. Brad Sherman’s (CA-30) 2020 Congressional App Challenge! Yashvi created MedBud application to assist doctors. Click here to find out more. #STEM #Congress4CS
 
 
 
 
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2021 FIRST Championship Update
This season, we have explored new and exciting ways to deliver our programs with your safety and wellbeing as our top priority while ensuring all students can participate in meaningful ways. What has remained constant is our mission to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators. We are grateful to our entire community for their flexibility and patience as new information becomes available and we adapt to changing conditions.
 
 
 
 
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Intentional Practices Can Address Inequity For Girls In Computer Science
In honor of Women’s History Month, we celebrate the few who have broken the glass ceiling and recognize that we have far more to do if we want to ensure that we continue to increase the number of women with Computer Science (CS) degrees (currently only 15%).
 
 
 
 
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Biden signs 1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan into Law
President Biden on Thursday signed the American Rescue Plan Act, H.R. 1319, passed by the House by a 220-211 vote. Biden had been expected to sign the bill on Friday but moved up the action by a day.
 
 
 
 
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TEACH COMPUTER SCIENCE: Interested in Bringing Computer Science, CS Discoveries, Exploring CS, or AP CS Principles to your School in the Future? Applications are now open.

CS Discoveries (Grades 6 - 10)
Computer Science Discoveries (CS Discoveries) is an introductory computer science course that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem-solving, and fun. The application window is now open. Find out more about the program and application using this link. APPLICATION

AP CS Principles (Grades 9 - 12)
Computer Science Principles (APCS Principles) introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. The AP Program designed AP Computer Science Principles with the goal of creating leaders in computer science fields and attracting and engaging those who are traditionally underrepresented with essential computing tools and multidisciplinary opportunities. The application window is now open. Find out more about the program and application using this link. APPLICATION

Exploring CS (Grades 9 - 12)
Exploring Computer Science (ECS) is an introductory high school course designed to engage students in computational thinking and practice. If you are interested in teaching Exploring Computer Science and would like more information on the 2020-2021 Exploring Computer Science cohorts, please complete the computer science interest form. INTEREST FORM
 
 
 
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Leading Edge EdTech Summit Festival 2021 - #LEETSFest21
LEETSFest21 is a four-day virtual conference from April 7 - 10, 2021, that features exemplary learning experiences captured by L.A. Unified educators. After school and weekend sessions demonstrate the continuum of personalized learning. April 7 - 10, 2021. For Registration, go to MyPLN (Keywords: ITI, LEETS)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
 
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Amazon Future Engineer + BootUp Elementary Computer Science Initiative
The Amazon Future Engineer + BootUp Elementary Computer Science program must be a Title 1 Elementary School looking to bring computer science education to their school. Find out how your school can apply for this initiative.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UPDATE: How To Set Up a CS First Class
Click on the Create class button.
Choose how you would like your students to sign in to CS First: CS First accounts.
Click on the card for the class you created.
Click on the Add units button.
Select a stand-alone lesson or a unit, by clicking the Add to class button.
Choose your materials preference. Please note that classroom kits are only available for multi-lesson units. You can add multiple stand-alone lessons or multi-lesson units to a class. Tutorial Video
 
 
 
 
Digital Citizenship Lessons For Teachers, By Teachers 
The Instructional Technology Initiative proudly unveils our “Digital Citizenship Lessons For Teachers, By Teachers” These resources are created by our Instructional Technology Facilitators with a special focus on practical and ready to implement lessons for the first ten days of school that span the range of building positive and safe online communities, cultivating digital citizens through social-emotional learning, to fostering inclusive online relationships.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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#EmpoweredByITI How-To Videos
The #EmpoweredByITI video collections are short, focused videos designed by ITI instructional technology facilitators with the goal of demonstrating instructionally rigorous ways of using digital tools and resources.
 
 
 
 
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ITI Professional Development Opportunities
ITI supports all schools district-wide with robust and rigorous professional learning by offering various models of support along a continuum to meet learners where they are. You can join our individual learning opportunities such as the Teacher Leader Network, ISTE Student Standards Suite; computer science sessions, or learn together as an Instructional Leadership Team through the Instructional Leadership Cohort. We invite you to join us in any of our learning sessions. Please visit MyPLN or the ITI website for more information about our Professional Learning Opportunities. 
 
 
 
 
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**IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the popularity of these sessions, waitlists have been added to each session. If the session you are interested in is full, you have the option to add yourself to its waitlist to be notified if a seat becomes available.
 
 
 
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ITI Reaching Beyond the Classroom - Digital Citizen (Asynchronous Self-Paced)
This course is designed to support educators in preparing to engage with learners that need to be empowered to thrive in an increasingly evolving technological landscape. Through a variety of activities, this course will provide opportunities to learn L. A. Unified’s definition of Digital Citizenship, the District’s policies and best practices around engaging in digital learning environments, as well as provide a wealth of teaching and learning resources that educators can put into practice immediately. This course is offered through Schoology. The course can be completed at your discretion any time during the week since there will be no live webinar sessions conducted for this course.

Format: Ongoing Monthly - Asynchronous
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords: ITI, ISTE, Digital Citizen)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
 
ISTE Suite - Knowledge Constructor
Learners will develop ideas, reflect on their instructional design practices, and dialogue about best practices through the use of Google Forms by focusing on the concept of knowledge constructor through the exploration of a real-world issue. Three 2-hour synchronous sessions.

Dates: April 14, 2021
   April 15, 2021
   April 21, 2021
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hour Synchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords: ITI, ISTE, Knowledge Constructor)
Compensation: District Training Rate or NBCT hours
 
 
 
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Digital Presence with Purpose
In this two-hour session, learners will receive guidance on curating a digital
presence with a purpose that is aligned to District policy and the District’s digital
citizenship definition. Participants will explore promising practices from experts
who have managed digital engagement communities for national organizations.

Sessions:  
April 12, 2021 4:30 pm - 6:30 p.m. Virtual Connect
May 10, 2021 4:30 pm - 6:30 p.m. Virtual Connect
June 7, 2021 4:30 pm - 6:30 p.m. Virtual Connect

Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords: ITI, ISTE, Digital Citizen)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Computer Science Fundamentals Grades K-5
Educators will engage in a hands-on introduction to computer science, pedagogy, teacher dashboard, and strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities. Multiple sessions are available. Please search MyPLN for session dates and complete details.
  Dates: Time:
April 13, 2021
April 17, 2021
April 24, 2021
April 27, 2021
Format: Virtual (2-hour Synchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords: ITI, Computer Science, CS, Technology)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
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Building Creative Confidence
Learners will explore the versatile LEGO brick set to create all sorts of life-like or imaginary figures, objects, and buildings. Learners will develop fine motor skills while constructing, using building cards that support and inspire their creativity.

Date: March 1, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hours Synchronous | 2-hour asynchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords: ITI, ISTE, Computer Science, CS)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
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An Introduction to Using Data Sciences (K-12)
This 2-hour session will be offered two times and will introduce basic concepts, methods, and tools used in data science. It is intended for educators with little to no background in data science. In this hands-on workshop, educators will be introduced to the fields of data science, statistical learning, and machine learning. They will get an overview of techniques and software used to solve data science problems. Participants will collaborate in teams on projects that will involve learning Python, accessing and cleaning large data sets, and analyzing the data using some standard data science methods.

Date: May 1, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hours Synchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords: ITI, Data Science, Computer Science, CS)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
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Hybrid Learning Strategies for Success
Educators and administrators are invited to explore the vision for computer science education. Explore possible solutions for your school site, learn about upcoming professional learning sessions, and review current standards.
Dates: May 4, 2021
   May 11, 2021
May 18, 2021
   May 25, 2021
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Dates: May 29, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Format: Virtual (2-hours Synchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords: ITI, Hybrid, Computer Science, CS)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
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An Interdisciplinary Approach to Creative Computing (Grades PK-12)
In this four-hour session, educators will engage in computational thinking by participating in a variety of physical computing challenges.

Dates: April 24, 2021
   May 1, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hour Synchronous | 2-hour Asynchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords ITI, Computer Science, CS)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
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STEM Hacking
This 2-hour session will be offered two times. This session integrates life science with robotics, while incorporating crucial 21st Century technical skills like data science and software, mechanical, and electrical engineering for an authentic learning experience. Emphasis is placed on the importance of combining science and technology to reflect. These sessions are intended for Certificated staff.

Date: May 10, 2021
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hours Synchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords: ITI, STEM, 21st Century Learning)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
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Exploring Artificial Intelligence
This is a professional learning opportunity for educators to explore and integrate artificial intelligence (AI) in K-12 education.

Date: April 17, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hours Synchronous | 2-hours Asynchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords:ITI, AI, Artificial Intelligence, CS)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
 
Teaching Artificial Intelligence 
Participants will explore dynamic media products within a simulated learning environment, deep dive into the impacts of applications, and plan for the classroom integration of AI and how resources may be curated. Based on the concepts of ethics, access, and equity learned in the first session, we will build upon these foundational practices defined by ISTE and IBM Mindspark learning platforms.

Date: May 29, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hours Synchronous | 2-hour asynchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords: ITI, AI, Artificial Intelligence, CS)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
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Instructional Technology Planning Cohort Summit
A follow-up workshop for those schools that have attended the ITPC over the past few years. This session will provide ongoing supports and help school leaders implement their school plans and continue learning. Educators will engage in the most up-to-date research and practices in instructional technology through keynote addresses, breakout workshops, and student panel discussions led by thought leaders and practitioners in the district.

Dates: March 15, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hour Synchronous | 2-hour Asynchronous)
Registration: School leaders contact Maria Magnanimo-Toledo at mmagna1@lausd.net
Compensation: District Training Rate, salary point hours, or NBCT hours
 
 
 
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Instructional Technology Planning Cohort (ITPC)
Do you have a plan to use digital tools and resources to personalize instruction and create a mastery-based, learner-centered learning environment?

Do you believe it’s important for schools to teach digital citizenship to the digital age learner?
What tools and resources do you have to support educators to embrace change and create awareness as you begin to shift the instructional paradigm?

Is your school prepared to educate youth for the 21st century?

We invite school Instructional Leadership Teams (ILT's) to join ITI for a three-day cohort to develop an informed, effective school-wide plan for digital age learners.

Dates: June 14, 2021
   June 15, 2021
   June 16, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hour Synchronous | 2-hour Asynchronous)
Registration: School leaders contact Maria Magnanimo-Toledo at mmagna1@lausd.net
Compensation: District Training Rate, salary point hours, or NBCT hours
 
 
 
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ITI Google Certified Educator Level 2
ITI’s Google Certified Educator Program is designed for educators and classroom teachers who wish to demonstrate proficiency in using Google for Education tools:

The Level 2 status indicates that an educator is able to successfully integrate a wider range of Google Suite for Education tools and other technologies in order to transform their teaching practice.
Once you become a Google Certified Educator, you can enhance instruction and foster collaborative practices. Certifications are valid for 36 months. Participants must pass Google Certified Educator Level 1 prior to taking the course.
Participants must pass Google Certified Educator Level 1 prior to taking the course.

Dates: Day 1 - April 14, 2021
   Day 2 - April 15, 2021
   Day 3 - April 21, 2021
Time: 4:30 p.m - 6:30 p.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hour Synchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords ITI, ISTE, Google Certification)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
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Integrating Physical Computing an Interdisciplinary Approach
In this four-hour session, educators will engage in a hands-on approach to learning computational thinking skills to build conceptual models across content areas. This session incorporates algorithmic thinking to develop a sequence of steps to create and test automated solutions.

Dates: April 17, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hour Synchronous | 2-hour Asynchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords ITI, ISTE, Computer Science, CS)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
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An Introduction to Physical Computing (Grades PK-12)
In this four-hour session, educators will engage in understanding the basics and benefits of integrating physical computing in any subject area and will learn definitions for physical computing, computational thinking, and computer
science education.

Dates: April 17, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hour Synchronous | 2-hour Asynchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords ITI, Computer Science, CS)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
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Game-Based Learning with Minecraft:EE Intermediate: Customizing and Designing Lessons
This is a new professional learning opportunity whereby teachers will learn how to customize existing content for increased engagement, differentiation, and student autonomy within a virtual learning environment. This is an intermediate class; it is recommended that you have a basic understanding of Minecraft before registering for this session.

NOTE PREREQUISITE: Participants must have attended either Spark Your Creativity Through Game-Based Learning with Minecraft Education Edition, or Introduction to Game-Based Learning Through Minecraft: Education Edition.

Dates: April 24, 2021
   May 1, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hour Synchronous | 2-hour Asynchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords ITI, Computer Science, CS)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
 
Game-Based Learning with Minecraft:EE Advanced: 
Getting Creative with Code Builder 
This is a new professional learning opportunity whereby teachers will explore code builder activities that can be leveraged to promote computational thinking and problem solving through thematic game-based activities. This is an advanced class; it is recommended that you have prior experience with Minecraft and are familiar with block coding.

NOTE PREREQUISITE: Participants must have attended either Spark Your Creativity Through Game-Based Learning with Minecraft Education Edition, or Introduction to Game-Based Learning Through Minecraft: Education Edition.

Dates: April 24, 2021
   May 29, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hour Synchronous | 2-hour Asynchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords ITI, Computer Science, CS)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
 
LA Unified Google Certifications
 
Congratulations: L.A. Unified Google Certifications

Click on the map to view all Google Certified Educators across the District!






 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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