Teacher Professional Development
Computer Science Teacher Professional Development
April 23, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Computer Science is a hands-on, projects-based curriculum that utilizes a unique computing platform to engage students in an immersive exploration of computer science. Through a puzzle-based learning approach that is strategically meshed with candid discussions and expectations that underlie the learning process. A foundation of problem solving and critical thinking is laid upon four major themes of computer science then iteratively built as pillars.
The CIC will be offering a Computer Science professional development workshop to elementary, middle, and high school teachers in your area on the above mentioned dates. Learn more at www.nicerc.org/curricula/stem-eda.
1. IT-oLogy Training
Applying Computer Science Fundamentals to Specific Course Subjects
Apply fundamentals of CS into subjects like ELA/social studies/history, arts, math, and science. This workshop delves deeper into a specific discipline. For teachers in grades K-12. Six-hour workshop.
IT-oLogy provides training on a wide variety of topics. You’ll learn to use cool and inexpensive tools to enhance your students programming, coding, design, creativity and more! Choose from any of these topics.
2. Code.org Training
Computer Science Training for K-5 Teachers
In partnership with Code.org, IT-oLogy is providing computer science workshops for K-5 teachers. Code.org’s K-5 workshop will prepare you to teach “Introduction to Computer Science: Courses 1, 2, and 3” to students. Not only will you learn introductory computer science concepts such as loops, conditionals and functions, you’ll learn how to teach computer science skills such as critical thinking, logic, persistence and creativity in problem-solving.
These skills will be addressed through hands-on “unplugged” activities and online activities, including computer programming and coding. Curriculum provided by Code.org aligns to the CSTA Computer Science Standards with multiple connections to content standards in ELA, Mathematics and Science.
What’s in a workshop?
In-person instruction from an experienced computer science facilitator, including an intro to computer science, pedagogy, overview of the online curriculum, teacher dashboard, and strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities.
What you’ll receive (at no cost)
- Printed curriculum guide
- Certificate of completion
- Classroom supplies for the unplugged lessons
- Fun Code.org swag
View scheduled training workshops here. If you don’t have a Code.org account, simply follow the instructions to create your account and you’ll be able to access the schedule.
If you would like to request a new workshop, complete and submit the form on this page.
3. NICERC Training
IT-oLogy offers participating schools a dynamic professional development experience for teachers while also building a strong support network of teachers across the state. The professional development model is designed for teachers to gain hands-on experience with projects and technology that provide new, innovative ways to engage students.
Middle School Professional Development
For the STEM EDA curriculum, each participating middle school will send a team, or cohort, of teachers to a STEM EDA Professional Development Workshop. Each cohort should be comprised of four or five teachers representing math, science, and ELA disciplines and one administrator. A team approach helps ensure successful implementation by creating a built-in support network that represents multiple disciplines and grade levels within a school.
High School Professional Development
For high school curricula, participating high schools will select professional development workshops specifically designed for each course of interest. For example, curricular threads include Cyber (Cyber Literacy I/II and Cyber Science), Cyber Society, Physics, Advanced Math for Engineering & Science, and Computer Science. We recommend that participating high schools send a team of teachers to attend multiple threads. This approach allows the high school to take full advantage of the integrated curriculum and its complimentary nature.
Complete and submit the contact form on this page to stay informed of dates and times for upcoming workshops.