Teacher and Parent Resources During COVID-19

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With the outbreak of COVID-19, the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing (Constellations) recognizes that many educators and parents are navigating the new "school day." We understand that teaching computer science or managing a household is already difficult, we have compiled various resources to help ease this transition as much as possible. We will continue to update this page with the latest information and new resources, so please continue to check back.

Whether you are a parent, teacher, or student, please do not forget to take care of YOURSELF during this difficult time. We admire your commitment to giving your students and children the best education possible, but remember that you cannot fill others cups if yours is empty. Constellations is here to support you and is cheering you on every step of the way!

Easing the Transition to Online Teaching

 

Read about how to quickly and easily transition to online teaching:

 

Webinars and videos on online teaching:

EarSketch

earsketch

Created by Georgia Tech, EarSketch helps you learn coding through music. Use sounds from the EarSketch library or your own sounds, along with Python or JavaScript code, to produce studio quality music.

Code.org

code.org

Code.org launched Code Break, a live weekly webcast for students K-12. They also have a set of self-guided activities, plus many other resources for students, teachers, and parents. Code.org is always free.

CodeHS

code hs

Constellations frequently uses CodeHS in our classrooms. The platform has courses on many topics (that are always free) for grades 6-12. Pro features are available for free until the end of June.

CodeSpark Academy

https://codespark.com/

Codespark Academy is making their professional development program free for all teachers around the world. Students can now also use codeSpark Academy for free. Perfect resource for kids 5-9 to learn how to code.

Tynker

Tynker

Tynker offers coding courses for students K-12 that teaches them to build games, make websites, create apps, and more. The courses are free throughout the closure period. 

Edhesive

Edhesive

Professional development from Edhesive is great for introductory computer science and AP courses (grades 6-12.) They are also offering free online professional development courses from Amazon's Future Engineers through August.

WeTeach_CS

weteach cs

WeTeach_CS educates, empowers, and inspires K-12 CS teachers, administrators, professional development providers, and university instructors to realize the vision of computer science for all. The team is providing 200+ CS concept-focused videos for teachers grades 10-12 AND all of their AP CS A curriculum for free through June. 

BrainPOP

brainpop logo

BrainPOP is a great resource for students grades 3-12 with videos and lessons about 3D printing, Alan Turing, digital animation, computational thinking, and more. They also have BrainPOP Jr. for students grade K-3. Both versions are free throughout the closure period.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy

Khan Academy includes a home study schedule, a guide for remote learning, and CS courses and activities for students grades 6-12. Bonus: they're always free!

Additional Resources for Families

 
Meal Distribution for Atlanta Public Schools Students
*Will be closed for Spring Break - pick up groceries on Saturday, April 4*
  • Atlanta Public Schools will offer students daily free meals at five sites while buildings are closed because of concerns about the coronavirus. 

  • Below is the updated distribution schedule beginning Monday, April 13. 

Receive five breakfast and five lunch meals and a bag of weekly groceries along with bus delivery on Monday's from 10 a.m. - Noon.

  • Bunche Middle School | 1925 Niskey Lake Road, SW
  • Cleveland Avenue Elementary School | 2672 Old Hapeville Road, SW
  • Frederick Douglass High School | 225 Hamilton E. Holmes Drive, NW
  • Phoenix Academy (formerly Alonzo A. Crim High School) | 256 Clifton Street, SE
  • Sylvan Hills Middle School | 1461 Sylvan Road, SW

Remember that any of these sites, you can pull up for drive-thru or walk-up service.

Receive five breakfast and five lunch meals along with bus delivery on Monday's from 10 a.m. - Noon.

  • Booker T. Washington High School | 45 Whitehouse Dr. SW
  • Hope-Hill Elementary School | 112 Boulevard NE
  • King Middle School | 545 Hill Street SE
  • Thomasville Heights Elementary School | 1820 Henry Thomas Drive SE
  • Young Middle School | 3116 Benjamin E. Mays Drive SW

Remember that any of these sites, you can pull up for drive-thru or walk-up service.

For bus route information, visit www.atlantapublicschools.us/Page/62031.

Free Internet for Low-Income Families
  • Comcast
    • New customers will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. Additionally, for all new and existing Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program’s Internet service was increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. That increase will go into effect for no additional fee and it will become the new base speed for the program going forward.
    • Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.
    • Comcast will not disconnect a customer’s internet service or assess late fees if they contact Comcast and let them know that they can’t pay their bills during this period. Comcast care teams will be available to offer flexible payment options and can help find other solutions.
  • Charter/Spectrum
    • Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
    • Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely. Charter will continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, high speed broadband program to eligible low-income households delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.
    • Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use.

    • Spectrum does not have data caps or hidden fees.

Uber Discount for Families Riding to APS Food Distribution Sites

Uber has partnered with APS to provide discounted rides to or from APS food distribution sites for as long as we can continue to sustain these services up until April 10. Uber is providing a 25 percent discount (up to $10) for trips taken to or from those locations to assist with continued access to free meals. The code “APS2020” will be available for use Monday through Friday during meal service times, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., for any UberX or UberXL trip to or from the pickup location. To use it, riders should enter the promo code “APS2020” in the Payment section of the Uber app. Anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

To redeem the ride discount:
1. Open your app and tap “Payment” in your app menu
2. Scroll down to Promotions
3. Tap “Add Promo Code”
4. Enter code APS2020 then tap “Add”
5. Select the address of any APS food distribution site as your destination

Be sure you read this important disclaimer from Uber:

  • Maximum discount of $10 per ride. Maximum of 2 rides per rider per day on UberX and UberXL. Discount is valid for rides to and from the pickup locations linked above through 11:59 p.m. ET on April 10, 2020. To activate the promo code, apply it in the Uber app prior to requesting your ride. Discount does not apply to surcharges, government fees, tolls, or tips and cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Offer is non-transferable. Offer and terms are subject to change without notice.

 

Dealing with Stress and Anxiety

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For many of us, shifting to working, teaching, or learning online has been an abrupt shift and with that often comes anxiety and stress. Here are a few resources to help yourself and others cope and feel supported during difficult times.

AP Testing

AP testing

As spring is a vital time for AP testing, the College Board has been posting updates and is developing resources to help support teachers navigating planning for testing.

Prevention Measures

wash your hands

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Don't forget the thumbs!
    • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces