K-5 Professional Development

Nextech is excited to help bring computer science to K-5 students throughout the state of Indiana through innovative professional development workshops.

At Nextech, our goal is to remove every single barrier to teaching computer science for teachers, schools, and districts. Because of this, all of our programs are offered at no cost to schools/districts.

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Unpacking the Updated Indiana Computer Science Standards (K-8)

This professional development for middle school educators teaching across all subjects is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and instructional strategies to integrate computer science into existing coursework.
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Incorporating Computer Science in your K-5 Classroom

Throughout this workshop, teachers explore the K-5 Indiana Academic Standards for Computer Science through the lens of their already existing ELA, Social Studies, Science, and Math curriculum and leave with concrete examples and ideas of how to incorporate computer science activities into various units in their classroom.
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Code.org CS Fundamentals & Unpacking the IN CS Standards

This workshop provides an introduction to computer science, pedagogy, overview of the online curriculum, teacher dashboard, and strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities as well as exploring the Indiana CS standards and how the Code.org CS Fundamentals curriculum maps to them.
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Code.org CS Fundamentals Deep Dive

The CS Fundamentals Deep Dive workshop is a great opportunity to collaborate with other K-5 teachers that have been working on bringing computer science to their students.
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CSPDWeek 2024

Learn more and join us for a full week of computer science professional development alongside 400 other educators across the state.
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CS Licensure Prep with WeTeach_CS

This professional development will prepare K-12 Indiana teachers to take the Praxis Computer Education test to add computer science to their licensure.
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Universal Design of Inclusive K-12 Computer Science Instruction Two-Day Professional Development Workshop

The 2024 eClipSe: Investigating the Eclipse using Computer Science

Indiana is on the path of totality for the solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. Join us as you discover how to use computer science as the vehicle for students to investigate and explore moon phases, astronomy, and the eClipSe through both plugged and unplugged CS activities.
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Support & Community

At Nextech, our goal is that we empower each teacher across the state with the relevant content, curriculum, context, and community to successfully and confidently teach computer science in their K-12 classroom.
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Integrating Computer Science in your K-8 Classroom using Digital Citizenship

This workshop takes the digital citizenship curriculum you are currently using in your school (or teaches you about available resources) and helps you connect the content to the Indiana computer science standards to ensure your students are getting even more computer science in your classroom.
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Code.org Curriculum Expanded Learning Program

The Code.org Curriculum Expanded Learning Program (ELP) is a two day, summer professional development experience to help past CSF, CSD and CSP participants deepen their computer science pedagogy, explore additional facets of the curriculum, reinforce their understanding, expand their confidence, and build community.
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Integrating Computer Science in your K-8 Classroom using Artificial Intelligence

This workshop will explore how to add AI to your computer science lesson and as well as integrate learning about AI and hitting the Indiana CS Standards through non-CS lesson plans.
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