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Cybera and PIMS receive federal funds to continue Callysto

By Meagan Hampel | April 29, 2022

Teaching students data literacy through everyday curricula The free, interactive platform that has helped over 88,000 students across Canada learn and apply data science skills through their everyday curricula has been renewed for a further two years. With the new funding from the national CanCode program, the Callysto platform will continue its focus on developing responsible …

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Exploring tidal patterns and fish traps in summer math camp

By callysto | September 10, 2021

This past July, the Callysto team had the pleasure to join grades 9-10 students in Alberta as part of the PIMS-led math camp: Diversity in Mathematics. This week-long event was geared towards Indigenous students who are interested in pursuing careers in STEM, and are looking to develop their math skills. The event included instructors from …

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New lesson plan marries sustainable architecture with computational thinking

By callysto | June 29, 2021

Faculty and research assistants from Athabasca University have created a series of high school teaching plans that teach sustainable architectural design with computational thinking. The free and openly licensed teaching plans was created as part of a Callysto funded project titled Form and Function(s): A Sustainable Design meets Computational Thinking. An animation (above) was also developed to support the …

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Callysto funding recipients will support Canadian students’ digital skills

By callysto | April 27, 2021

The Callysto team would like to thank everyone who submitted ideas for our most recent call for proposals for classroom learning activities. We’re pleased to announce the six individuals and organizations from across Canada who have received funding. Their projects will use new and creative ways to promote computational thinking, coding and data literacy among …

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Using Callysto data visualizations in the classroom: Part Two

By callysto | April 12, 2021

In my previous blog post, I talked about the value of incorporating data visualizations into non-traditional classes, like English, while meeting formal Alberta curriculum outcomes. This blog describes how I recently did just that. Connecting the ePortfolio Reflections to ELA 20-2 Course Outcomes and Formal writing Performance tasks The intention was for students, after they …

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Using Callysto data visualizations in the classroom

By callysto | March 29, 2021

Part One: How and why to incorporate data visualizations into your lessons During my time as a high school English teacher, I was frequently looking for ways to integrate data literacy into my classroom in a meaningful and authentic way. This is why the Callysto data visualizations have been intentionally designed to integrate computational thinking …

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Teacher Uses Callysto to Introduce Data Science Skills

By callysto | February 23, 2021

Lara Winstone first heard about Callysto at the October 2020 Computer Using Educators of British Columbia conference. Winstone teaches computer science, information technologies (IT), and mathematics at Sentinel Secondary School in Vancouver, British Columbia. At the conference, she learned how Callysto can be used to teach students to develop and apply data science skills (coding, …

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“Do’s” and “Don’ts” of Sharing Callysto Learning Modules with Students

By callysto | January 27, 2021

In a previous blog post we gave tips on how teachers can share our online learning modules with others. These learning modules run off of the Callysto Hub, a free, online workspace that doesn’t store any personal information. In this post, we’ll provide additional best practices on sharing Callysto learning modules. Sharing Callysto learning module …

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Get Funds For Your Classroom Activities

By callysto | January 13, 2021

If you teach Grades 5-12 students in Canada, Callysto wants to help fund your classroom activities related to computational thinking, data science, and coding. Callysto is a free, online program that helps Grades 5-12 students and teachers in Canada learn and apply in-demand data science skills including data analysis, visualization, coding, and computational thinking. This …

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Using design thinking to create a hackathon planning guide

By callysto | December 8, 2020

The week I joined Callysto, the team was running an online data science hackathon, “Colonizing Mars” (which ran June 3-5, 2020), for Grades 9-12 students across Canada. Participants were given three days to complete their data science challenges.  As an experienced K-12 teacher, and former Technology Specialist from an Alberta school district, I anticipated would …

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Online Data Science Hackathons: Re-imagined Learning During COVID-19

By callysto | November 25, 2020

How the re-imagining began The COVID-19 pandemic caused a seemingly overnight shift to online learning for many students and teachers across Canada. We also experienced this shift at Callysto. For us, this shift meant pivoting in-person data science hackathons (geared towards Grades 9-12 students) to an online format. In our data science hackathons, students solve …

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