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By now, you’ve seen the announcement from the Infosys Foundation:“Infosys Foundation USA to Host FREE Computer Science Training for over 800 Public School Teachers in Summer 2018”.
Check out these links and sign up!
- Join the Hour of Code
- How to teach one hour of code
- Promote the Hour of Code (Handouts, VIDEOS for News Announcements, Posters, Social Media, Stickers, etc.)
- Videos to Inspire students to try Computer Science
- Hour of Code: Worldwide
- Push Yourself. Anybody Can Learn
- Hour of Code is Here
- Change the World –inspire Girls
- Anybody Can Learn
- Hour of Code Activities
This 2-Day Academy will provide K-14 teachers with hands-on experience on how to use freely available C-STEM Studio and RoboBlockly, as well as C-STEM Math-ICT curriculum with interactive computing, programming, and robotics that aligns with the Common Core Math and ICT Sector standards. The academy is targeted at K-14 classroom STEM teachers, as well as math/CTE/Science coordinators, who are interested in bringing hands-on computing, and virtual and hardware Linkbot and/or Lego Mindstorms NXT/EV3 robots on:
- Integrating Computing & Robotics into Math courses aligned to Common Core Standards
- Integrating Computing & Robotics into Science courses aligned to Next Generation Science Standards
- Offering computer programming and/or robotics courses in your school
- Offering robotics in after school or summer programs in your school, district, and county
- Developing students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills Implementing new teaching strategies and collaborative learning
- Working to close the achievement gap
- Preparing students to be career and college ready
- Working with gifted students to challenge them to solve real-world problems
- Engaging at-risk students with hands-on learning
According to the 2017 National Board of Certified Teachers Study, Investing in what it Takes to Move. PD is critical in helping teachers perfect their skills and impact student achievement in their classrooms. CSTA’s new Continuing Professional Development Pipeline, powered by Degreed and funded by grant from Infosys Foundation USA, is launching in Fall 2017 and will bring 5 turn-key resources for K-12 CS teachers including self-selected pathways, community, badging, and amazing PD programs for novice, career stage, and teacher leaders!
CSTA is pleased to announce its partnership with Infosys Foundation USA to create a professional development pipeline. The pipeline provides value for teachers, districts, PD providers and students.
The pipeline will:
- Personalize learning plans that guide a teacher in selecting the PD pathway that best meets their current and future needs and interests.
- Create PD-based communities that provide greater support for teachers who pursue or complete various PD programs.
- Certify PD completion in the form of digital badging and certificates so that teachers can provide authenticated evidence to their schools regarding PD they complete. ·
- Track PD over time via a digital portfolio that further assists a teacher in selecting future PD options and manage their overall career development.
5 Ways to Make the Most of Computer Science PD
So you’ve just signed up for a computer science professional development course for this summer (or you’re about to)! As our students know, a new learning experience can be both exciting and a little nerve-wracking. Here are 5 ways you can make the most of your PD:
1. Don’t be afraid to jump in and mess around.
Playing with a new technology is often the best way to learn it and GameMaker has some great tutorials. Consider your five-year-old and how quickly she figured out your smart phone!
2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
In the Zulama and CSTA Computer Science and Game Design PD course, the Support button is your friend, as is our customer service crew. If we don’t have the answer for you ourselves, we’ll work hard to find it out. But first, ASK. If your PD doesn’t provide customer service, ask another teacher or check for forums. Inquiry is part of learning, after all, and that’s what we’re all in the business of doing.
3. Don’t be afraid to fail.
Really. Please. A failed game build or line of code is just an iteration, and iterative development is the way to design anything. Failure is good. Failure teaches.
4. Don’t be afraid to play.
Building games can be an exciting avenue into CS. And if you build games, you should definitely play games. Ask your students what games they’re playing and try them out. You’ll better understand where you can go with CS and ways you can teach CS principles if you can speak your students’ language.
5. Don’t be afraid to dream.
As you work through your course, think about things you could do in your classroom to reinforce and explore CS principles. What can gaming and coding do for you? What can it do for your students?
You’ll learn game design and programming skills, earning a Computer Science & Game Design Certificate.
Sign up for our Computer Science & Game Design PD here!
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