All resources in DLI SOL Working Group

Henrico EdFlix

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This was a resource Henrico county teachers and students utilized during virtual learning. The site was accessible to all PreK - 12 learners in the county and consisted of choice boards, performance tasks, STEAM, and Book talks. This site was similar to Netflix where students had a choice and voice in the learning process. These resources focused on Henrico's Learning Profile which is a synthesis of the Profile of a VA Graduate and focuses on the 6 C's - Quality Character, Global Citizen, Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creative Thinking.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Henrico County Public Schools

Collecting & Analyzing Data

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In this professional development presentation, educators learn about Collecting and Analyzing Data (2 of the 7 components of Computational Thinking, according the Ignite My Future platform). This presentation can be used by individuals to learn about them, or used to present to others. The video is a recording of one of the sessions provided to teachers through a 7 week series of "CT Parties".Within this resource, you will find the presentation slides, a recording, a K-2 and 3-5 lesson to build collecting and analyzing data skills, and activities to support parents understanding and home use of the strategy. This lesson is part of the Virginia K-12 Computer Science Pipeline which is partly funded through a GO Virginia grant in partnership with Chesapeake Public Schools, Loudoun County Public Schools, and the Loudoun Education Foundation.

Material Type: Lesson

Authors: Rebecca Gratz, Shawn DeLuca

Compression Waves

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After the completion of this module students will understand that sound travels in compression waves and must have a medium to travel. Sound also travels in liquids and gases. Students will also understand that sound waves are created by vibrations and capable of transmitting energy.This module was developed by Sarah Donnelly as part of a Virginia Commonwealth University STEM initiative sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: VCU STEM Project 2, VCU STEM Project 1, VCU STEM Project 3

Algorithm Picture Lesson

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The goal of this activity is to build critical thinking skills and excitement for Computer Science / Computational Thinking, while laying a foundation of fundamental programming concepts. By scaffolding basic concepts like sequencing and algorithms in an unplugged activity, students who are intimidated by computers can still build a foundation of understanding. In this lesson, students will learn how to develop an algorithm and encode it into a program.By "programming" one another to draw pictures, students experience some of the core concepts of programming in a fun and accessible way. The class will start by having students view a video of a simple program demonstrating how to develop instructions for building a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Students will start with simple shapes, and progress to the coding of a specific drawing that other students will then try to replicate (“running the program”). If there is a desire to have a more of a Math slant on the lesson, the drawing could take place on graph paper. Students would then use the coordinates to complete the drawing. 

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson, Lesson Plan, Visual Media

Authors: Michael Speidel, Sharon Brandon

Scratch Solar System

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In this lesson students will be able to identify that computers, like the solar system, complete predictable actions based on a set of variables. Students will learn about the solar system via Scratch.  They will explore block coding and computational thinking practices as they utilize Scratch as a tool for creativity, expression and learning about the Solar System. 

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lecture Notes, Lesson, Simulation

Authors: Michael Speidel, Sharon Brandon

Facebook Digital Literacy Library

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Lessons designed by experts to help students develop skills needed to navigate the digital world, critically consume information and responsibly produce and share content. The source touts that they are designed to be interactive and engaging, these lessons involve group discussion, activities, quizzes, and games that have been built in consultation with teens. They can be used either collectively or individually in the classroom.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Module

Author: Facebook