California Educator

November / December 2016

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Freeze! #MannequinChallenge is sweeping the nation — high schools in particular. The viral Internet trend features videos of people "frozen" in action like mannequins, often with the song "Black Beatles" by Rae Sremmurd playing in the background. Above, a frame from the challenge done by Ontario High School's baseball team, which depicts scenes common during the game. Computer Science Week and Hour of Code Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 5-11, is the perfect time to bring an Hour of Code (a one-hour introduction to computer science and programming) to your class- room — though any time during the year can be #HourofCode time. Over the last three years, Hour of Code has reached more than 100 million students in over 180 countries, with record participation from girls and under- represented minorities. Educators can choose a tutorial from the many available at or, test it out before showing it to students, and go! Lesson plans and tutorials are avail- able for classrooms with or without computers. You can get tips on pre- senting and teaching content at Those ready for more should check out a five-lesson unit for grades 6-10 from that guides students through cre- ating fun games using real-world design and programming skills. And boasts multiple courses for all age groups (including an AP course for high schoolers). ELECTRONIC FIELD TRIP TO PEARL HARBOR Students in grades 5-8 can take a trip on Dec. 7 without leaving class. "Remember Pearl Harbor — How Stu- dents Like YOU Experienced the Day of Infamy " is a free streaming webcast that will give students an opportunity to learn about the surprise Japanese attack 75 years ago. Students will hear from eyewitnesses, who in 1941 were the same age as the intended audience. The webcast, presented by The National WWII Museum and New Orleans PBS member station WYES, will explore museums and historical sites, such as the USS Arizona Memorial. The webcast will be moder- ated by student reporters, and viewers will be able to ask questions in real time and participate in live polls. Learn how your classroom can partici- pate at 10 in the know news & notes

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