6-8 Professional Development

Code.org CS Discoveries

The Code.org Computer Science Discoveries (CS Discoveries) course is an introductory computer science course that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. CS Discoveries is appropriate for 6 - 10th grade students and can be taught as a semester or year-long introductory course (3-5 hours per week of instruction for 9+ weeks). The course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as programming, physical computing, HTML/CSS, and data. The course inspires students as they build their own websites, apps, games, and physical computing devices.

The CS Discoveries program offers year-round support. It kicks off with a 5-day summer workshop where you'll have an opportunity to work hands-on with the curriculum and meet other teachers from your area. Throughout the year, we offer online support for upcoming units, forum support, and 1-day quarterly workshops. You don't need any prior computer science experience to get started. And teachers love it! 90% rank it the best professional development ever.

As the Indiana Code.org Regional Partner, Nextech facilitates professional development activities for all of the Code.org curriculum, including Computer Science Discoveries, Computer Science Principles and Computer Science Fundamentals. Since launching in 2015, Nextech has provided professional development for over 1500 teachers across the state of Indiana. We are on the forefront of the statewide #CSforIN movement, and we’d love to have you as a future partner teacher.

To learn more about the Nextech program including commitments, stipends, and more, review this document.

Eligibility and Pre-Requisites

This workshop is for middle and high school teachers. To attend, you must be committed to teaching the Code.org CS Discoveries curriculum (either as a quarter, semester, or full-year course) in the 2020-21 school year.

    • Length: 5 days during the summer + 1 Saturday each quarter
    • Cost: $0
    • Stipend: $1,000 payable upon completion of the full year program, plus summer lodging & meals
    • Dates:
      • Monday, June 15th - Friday, June 19th (Indianapolis, IN @ Butler University) OR
      • Monday, July 20th - Friday, July 24th (Indiana University @ Infosys Pathfinders)

Unpacking the IN CS Standards & Integrating CS in your Middle School Classroom

Designed for middle school educators, who do not teach CS, this workshop equips teachers with knowledge and strategies to integrate CS into existing coursework and classrooms.

    • Attendee: Non-computer science teacher
    • Length: 1 Day
    • Cost: $0
    • Sub-Fee Reimbursement: Yes
    • Dates: Various

Circuit Playground - CS Discoveries and Beyond

Intended for educators who are wondering “what else?” after the Code.org CS Discoveries courses, teachers will participate in a hands-on experience using Adafruit Circuit Playground to learn its capabilities beyond the Code.org curriculum.

    • Attendee: Teacher already using Code.org's CS Discoveries
    • Length: 1 Day
    • Cost: $0
    • Sub-Fee Reimbursement: Yes
    • Dates: Various

micro:Bit - CS Fundamentals and Beyond

Learn the capabilities of the micro:bit mini computer and how to integrate it into the CS Fundamentals classroom. This workshop is intended for educators who are wondering “what’s next?” after teaching the Code.org CS Fundamentals Courses E, F and/or Express and are anxious to add a physical computing device into their K-8 classroom

    • Attendee: Teacher already using Code.org's CS Fundamentals Course E, F, or Express
    • Length: 1 Day
    • Cost: $0
    • Sub-Fee Reimbursement: Yes
    • Dates: Various

Picademy (Raspberry Pi)

Picademy is the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s free, two-day training program that helps educators jump start their digital making journey. You’ll learn how to bring coding to life and explore new ways to create with technology.

After graduating from Picademy, attendees become Raspberry Pi Certified Educators and join an active network of educators around the world. They also gain access to high-quality educational resources as well as additional professional development opportunities within our network.

Picademy is for all educators, including classroom teachers, librarians, technology coaches, after-school and community educators and beyond. No experience with computer science or coding is required.

Want to learn more? Read this educator blog post to learn more about Picademy’s impact or watch the video below from the Picademy 2018 season.

Applications are due April 15, 2020.

    • Attendee: Any K-12 Educator
    • Length: 2 Days
    • Dates: June 15–16 or June 17–18

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