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CryptoClub Online PD Modules
The CryptoClub team at UChicago STEM Education is excited to announce the launch of their Online Leader Training. The training consists of 9 modules that prepare educators to use the CryptoClub curriculum to teach cryptography and its embedded mathematics. A certificate is awarded upon completion of each module. Many teachers are able to submit the certificates to their district for professional development credit. The modules include over 80 short video tutorials, along with classroom videos of students and teachers engaged in CryptoClub activities and samples of student work. The videos are followed by Reflection and Discussion question(s). After viewing the video and responding to a question, the trainee can view and comment on responses of others. Thus, the training is designed to promote conversation among those taking it to mimic what would occur in a face-to-face workshop. You can preview the modules here. The online training requires the use of the CryptoClub Student Handbook and the CryptoClub Leader Manuel which can be purchased through Kendall Hunt. The online pd is available for free to people who purchase the books.
New Online Badging System for cryptoclub.org
Students can now earn digital badges for their accomplishments on cryptoclub.org. There are six badges to earn by completing activities that involve encrypting, decrypting, and cracking messages for each of the six ciphers on the site.
Earning badges gives a comprehensive introduction to the website’s cipher tools, message and joke boards, and games, and gives students a motivating reason to practice their cryptography skills! You can find more information about the badge requirements by logging into cryptoclub.org and selecting Badges from the menu.
The website will keep track of progress and display digital images of the badges that are earned. If, in addition, teachers would like to reward their students with corresponding sticker badges, they can find options for ordering or making sticker badges under the Tools and Templates heading in the Resources section of the For Teachers menu.