CSinSF Middle School PLC #1

CSinSF Middle School PLC #1


The CSinSF initiative provides monthly collaborative training for all SFUSD middle school computer science teachers.  We meet the first Tuesday of each month during the school year to eat, commune, learn about CS, and share best practices.

This year we will be meeting at a new location- The Civic Center iLab in downtown San Francisco:

Warm-up Activity: Creative Commons Vocab Review and Kahoot.

These activities are found in Unit 1 Lesson 7 of the second SFUSD middle school course: App Inventor.  The creative project for this unit is a Soundboard App, which asks students to find and upload their own images and sounds.  As part of strong digital citizenship, students learn how to search for Creative Commons licensed media that is available for non-commercial reuse.


Creative Commons Vocab Quizlet


Corny Joke of the Day:


Activity 1: Reflecting on Initial Success and Challenges


Teachers broke up by curriculum level to discuss the different success and challenges they are experiencing in their classes

Course 1: MyCS

Course 2: App Inventor

Course 3: CS Discoveries


Capturing Successes and Challenges:



Video Resource: Flocabulary’s Top 10 Reasons to Code


Activity 2: Flipgrid! (presented by @OwenPeery)

This activity accomplished 2 objectives:

  1. Teachers had the opportunity to brainstorm their responses to common questions
  2. Teachers used Flipgrid to record their responses

Common Questions for CS Teachers:

  • What do you mean you teach Computer Science?
  • Why do you teach Computer Science?
  • What are some common misconceptions about CS and teaching CS?

Our Flipgrid:

How to setup Flipgrid:


Resources: All resources from PLC #1 are linked on the CSinSF Middle School PLC Site.


Ace Ventura’s Assessment of PLC #1

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