Code.org’s Computer Science Fundamentals is a curriculum designed for K-5. Each course (one per grade level) has about 15 lessons that may be implemented as one unit or over the course of a semester. Students create computer programs that will help them learn to collaborate with others, develop problem-solving skills, and persist through difficult tasks. They will study programming concepts, computational thinking, digital citizenship, and develop interactive games or stories they can share. Code.org’s Computer Science Fundamentals is for students (and teachers) new to Computer Science. Each course (A-F) begins with a grade appropriate entry point and structured ramp up concepts. The progression of courses builds on each other to ensure continuing students learn new things. Learn more here.
Nextech offers one or two day professional learning sessions for the Computer Science Fundamentals course. We welcome elementary school teachers to sign up for a free, high-quality professional development workshop from an experienced computer science facilitator. The workshop will provide an intro to computer science, pedagogy, overview of the online curriculum, teacher dashboard, and strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities. Workshops last approximately 7 hours a day and will prepare teachers to teach the Code Studio courses for grades K-5. For more information about the Code.org goals and approach to courses, please see the curriculum values and professional learning values. See what else you’ll get from attending a workshop.
Nextech partners with individuals interested in developing facilitation capacity in computer science (CS) education to deliver high-quality professional development to teachers in a format that’s fun and accessible. Each of our facilitators has participated in Code.org’s Facilitator Development Program, a highly-selective professional learning program designed to prepare and support facilitators to deliver quality workshops on Code.org’s curriculum.
The following are Nextech’s CS Fundamentals Workshop Facilitators:
Technology Education Specialist
Milan Community Schools
Biology and Computer Science Teacher
Indiana School for the Deaf
Dr. Anne Ottenbreit-Leftwich
Associate Professor of Instructional Systems Technology
School of Education at Indiana University
Director of Computing Outreach Education
School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University
Nextech has proudly partnered with Code.org since 2015 to deliver world-class computer science education curriculum and professional development to schools across Indiana. Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. The organization’s vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra.Learn More About Code.org
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