Digital Skills for Teachers

CSTA SOVA exists to build the capacity of K-12 teachers in Southern Virginia to deliver quality CS education
by providing professional development and continuing education opportunities.

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In November 2017, the Virginia DOE passed the new Computer Science Standards of Learning, making Virginia the first state in the country to mandate computer science (CS) education for all students. In response to this mandate, the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Southern VA chapter was established with the goal of building the capacity of K-12 teachers in Southern Virginia to deliver quality CS education by providing professional development and continuing education opportunities . This chapter is supported by CodeVA, a statewide K-12 CS advocacy organization, Microsoft, the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, and Mid-Atlantic Broadband (MBC).

Members of the education community and business community are all invited to join the chapter. This collaboration has the power to transform our region!

UPCOMING EVENTS

CSTA SOVA Virtual Meetup

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020
4:30 PM on Zoom

You’re Invited! CSTA SOVA chapter members are invited to a virtual meetup to network and learn about upcoming events and training, and share your ideas for Spring 2021!

PAST EVENTS

Intro to CS First

May 6th, 2020
2:00-3:00 pm on Zoom

The goal for this “Intro to CS First” webinar is to provide a brief introduction to what Google’s CS First is, how to get “set up”, and examples/demonstrations of how you can use it in your classroom(s). Most appropriate for Elementary & Middle school teachers, but all are welcome.

Getting Started with Scratch

May 20th, 2020
2:00-3:00 pm on Zoom

The goal of this session is to provide a brief introduction to Scratch: what it is, how to get “set up”, and how you can utilize it in your classroom(s). Most appropriate for Elementary & Middle school teachers, but all are welcome.

Finch Robots – Applications for All Levels

June 10th, 2020
2:00-3:00 pm on Zoom

The goal for this session is to familiarize you with Finch robots and demonstrate their potential for use at all levels Elementary (through use with Scratch or Snap!) through High School (through use with any computer programming language of your choice). Appropriate for teachers at all levels.