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Here are some things that you should know! Click on the pictures or words to find out more information about these new things that have been announced.

Computer Science Education Week December 5-11

Join us in celebrating Computer Science Education Week 2022 (December 5-11), an annual call-to-action inspiring K-12 students to learn computer science (CS). While progress has been made, many equity gaps still exist, so we’re joining communities and supporting education leaders like you to continue bringing CS into the classroom. Today, we’re excited to share Hour of Code® lessons from CS First that are designed to help students discover just how fun coding can be, unlocking a brighter future for themselves and our world.

Participating is easy: You can teach an Hour of Code during CSEdWeek with the lessons below, help a fellow teacher prepare to use CS First, and share how things go with us on social media @GoogleforEdu using @CSEdWeek2022!

Teach an Hour of Code with CS First

Everyone belongs in the world of computer science. CS First, Google’s free CS curriculum for students ages 9-14 offers fun coding lessons for Hour of Code where students can build a superhero, design their own Google logo, and code a special name. This year, students will find all the instructions to create the project within the activity! These simple, self-paced lessons are designed to make coding fun for everyone. It's easy to get started, with a customizable lesson plan for teachers and step by step instructions for students.

See the CS First lessons

Join the Kami-ly 💜

We have two full-time remote roles open! Apply yourself, or share them with your network: Business Development Representative (Teacher Success Champion) and Account Manager.

ASCD and ISTE Merger Announced

It’s official. The plan to merge ASCD and ISTE is approved. Read more about the details here. The next step will be the creation of a new nonprofit organization. ASCD and ISTE will continue to operate as two parts of this entity. Member services, including the annual conference, will continue as planned.

Remind Tutors Wanted: Math & ELA Tutors Wanted

Introducing Remind Tutoring, an online tutoring service, which pairs math and ELA tutors with students. As a Remind Tutor, you'll connect with students across the country to help them master concepts and build their skills in areas of math, or reading and writing.

This is a great way for you to earn supplemental income on a schedule you create! We'll find students, help you manage your calendar and collect payments, so you can focus on doing what you love: teaching.

If you're interested in this opportunity, please apply here.


Social-Emotional Unit for Elementary Classrooms: Gratitude

Download ready-to-go SEL activities and printables from VariQuest focused on the importance of gratitude, kindness & cooperation.

Apply to the KQED Youth Media Challenge

Encourage your students to think critically about local and national issues and create media voicing their perspectives and advocating for change. PBS Member Station KQED’s Call for Change Youth Media Challenge is currently open for student submissions. Submissions accepted through June 2023!

Need Words of Encouragement?

Need words of encouragement today?

Get some kind words from children/students!

Call (707) 873-7862.

Free Resources for CS Ed Week from Skill Struck and IDEA

Grab your free Skill Struck resources in celebration of CS Ed Week!

These K-12 resources are a great way to dive into computer science with your students! The downloadable K-5 and 6-12 calendars will help you celebrate CS with little prep time.

Here’s what’s included with the resources:

  • 1-hour themed lesson plans and activities for each day of the week

  • Competitions and prizes for classrooms who participate

  • A “Free for Classroom” Skill Struck account

Computer science can be celebrated at any time, not just during CS Ed Week…so these resources will be available to you long after next week!

You can grab the resources at:

FETC Registration Discount

Use PROMO CODE FETC23 to get 10% off your total cost of FETC registration, no matter when they register. Right NOW attendees can get the lowest rates! The registration rates will go up after November 11th.

Apply to the PBS LearningMedia Pilot Testing Program

Calling all educators! PBS LearningMedia is currently seeking ELA and Social Studies educators in grades 6-12 to pilot test educational materials created for the Ken Burns in the Classroom collection. This paid opportunity will require implementing materials in your class, providing sample work, and when possible, allowing classroom observation by a member of the PBS LearningMedia team. Apply Here.

ISTE Certification Informational Webinars

Do you have some questions about ISTE Certification for Educators that you wish a human would answer? Here’s your solution … plus a couple of special deals from ISTE!

Attend one of the 30-minute info sessions with Certification Director Carmalita Seitz for real talk, and real answers to your certification questions.

Choose from these upcoming dates and times:

  • Monday, December 12, 2022 4:30 PM ET
  • Thursday, January 26, 2023 12:30 PM ET

  • Tuesday, February 21, 2023 8:30 AM ET
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2023 4:30 PM ET

For more information and to sign up, click here!

✔👀👌😘5 Minute Tips of the Month

YouTube Filters & Playlists

🎥 Webinars of the Month

AI in Education: What Do We Need to Know? with Rachelle Dené Poth
3 Tools with Endless Possibilities with Rachelle Dené Poth
Organizing Your Professional Projects with Dr Desiree Alexander

😍 FREE Extension of the Month

This extension allows you to use your transparent Bitmoji online (you have to create an account and build it using the app).

Click on picture below for more information.

💻 📱 Tech Certification of the Month

Click on the image to find out how to get certified with the featured tech certification of the month.


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Educators Can Get Office 365 for FREE

Students and educators at eligible institutions can sign up for Office 365 Education for free, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams, plus additional classroom tools. All you need is a valid school email address. It’s not a trial – so get started today. -- Microsoft Website

Sign up here!

Flip Blog with Updates

Click Here to find the newest information on Microsoft's Flip (formerly Flipgrid)!

🌈 Google Updates

Here are some updates from Google!

A Couple More Google Updates

To Stay Updated, Watch ALL Here or EDU in 90: The Latest: Family Link & Google Meet // Practice sets & Future of Education

New features for practice sets
All practice sets beta users, rejoice! To make creating and using practice sets even easier, you can now rearrange problems in a practice set. Get started using practice sets for in-class small groups, checks for understanding, and more. Not yet in the beta? Learn more about Google Workspace for Education - Teaching & Learning Upgrade.

Play to win in the Arcade with No-code November
Play to win in the Arcade, the latest way to learn new skills and earn prizes with Google Cloud Skills Boost. This month we are featuring AppSheet for no-code November. The best part? Each badge gets you a point for the prize counter, opening in December. The more you learn, the more you earn!

💡See Me Here

Here are all of the in-person trainings that are upcoming! Also, come see me at some of the following events.

Click on the pictures below for more information and to register and find more information such as dates, times, room numbers and links to register HERE.


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Dr. Desiree Alexander, Educator Alexander Consulting

Dr. Desiree Alexander is an award-winning, multi-degreed educator who has been in the educational field since 2002. She is the Founder CEO of Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC and the Deputy Director for the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana. She consults with members of several schools/businesses and presents at conferences globally.

Dr. Alexander is lifetime certified in Louisiana in Secondary English Education, as a Reading Specialist, as a School Librarian, as an Educational Technology Facilitator, as an Educational Technology Leader and in Educational Leadership 1. She is certified in Texas as a Principal, in English Language Arts and Reading for grades 4-8 and grades 8-12, as a Reading Specialist for grades EC-12, and as a School Librarian. She holds multiple technology certifications, including, but not limited to, IC3 certification, Google Certified Trainer and Innovator, Apple Teacher, and a Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer and Expert.

She holds a Bachelor, a Master + 30, and an Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Louisiana State University, a Master of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University and a Master of Educational Leadership with a concentration in Educational Technology Leadership from Nicholls State University. She also holds a Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership from Lamar University.

She is a 2022 & 2021 Texas Computer Education Association Featured Thought Leader, 2020 International Society for Technology in Education Featured Voice, 2020 Future of Education Technology Conference Featured Presenter, 2019 Customer Commitment Award Honoree from Better Business Bureau's Torch Awards for Ethics, a 2019 Shreveport National Pan-Hellenic Council Mover and Shaker, a 2017 Young Professional Initiative 40 Under 40 Awards Honoree, 2017 Center for Digital Education Top 30 Technologists, Transformers & Trailblazers, 2017 PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator for Louisiana, 2016 Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana Member of the Year, 2015 Librarian of the Year for Louisiana Librarian Association, 2015 Campus Teacher of the Year in the Zachary Community School District and 2014 Leader of the Year for Region 2 Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators.

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