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8:00 am - 9:30 am
Programming & the Digital Learning Standards:Let's Code 5-12
Daniel Downs, Coordinator Of Digital Learning, North Reading Public Schools, and James Sgroi, North Reading MS/HS

Level: Intermediate
Grades: 6-8, 9-12, All, Graduate
In this session you will learn tools and resources to expand your ability to teach and learn programming skills. Focusing on tools and programming languages often used in grades 5-12, this workshop will walk through an overview of how to introduce programming languages such Python, C++ and utilize single board computing systems such as Raspberry Pi and Arduino technologies to teach students introductory hardware and programming concepts. Additionally, this session will delve into how traditional web design instruction can be shifted to also address the support for mobile and web application interfaces as well as support Javascript and PHP languages. Come learn tools to teach programming and get an overview of how new technologies can make teaching programming languages and hardware fun and more engaging.
Equipment needed: Web based device with internet access.
Software needed: Internet access
3:10 pm - 4:00 pm
A Rubric For District Robotics Success: A Buyer's Guide & Hands On Guide
Kathleen Dasho, Kathleen Dasho, North Reading, and Daniel Downs, North Reading District
Level: Beginner
Grades: All
Looking to invest in robotics for your district? This presentation will provide participants with a hands-on buying guide to help review the largest robotics platforms: Lego EV3, VEX EDR, VEX IQ, Raspberry Pi and Tetrix platforms with a hands on demonstration of their different building options, required programming skills and controller capabilities. In addition to these platforms a range of low cost options for elementary robotics will also be discussed and shown such as the Edison, Ozobot, Sphero and Bee-Bot platforms. Leave this presentation informed on the features of these platforms and a rubric to help you select robotics platforms based on your educational and financial goals. This presentation will also highlight the essential 21st Century Skills and Computer Science skills that robotics bring to a students learning. View classroom videos, robotics challenges and experience these platforms for yourself.