K-5 Professional Development

Nextech is excited to help bring computer science to K-5 students throughout the state of Indiana through exciting and innovative 1-day professional development workshops.. These programs are designed for inservice teachers who are being asked to teach the Indiana computer science standards and are either unfamiliar with the content or unsure of what to do next.

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.

The following are the VIRTUAL professional opportunities available:

Code.org CS Fundamentals & Unpacking the IN CS Standards

Overview

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 this 3-module (2 virtual sessions and 1 self-paced module) virtual option for the Computer Science Fundamentals course. 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 will prepare teachers to teach the Code Studio courses for grades K-5.

Eligibility and Pre-Requisites

This workshop is for K-5 Computer Science Teachers, Media/Library Specialists, Resource/Tech Teachers, and General Education classroom teachers.

Workshop Details

  • Length: Please note for all of these VIRTUAL workshops: Workshops are offered in different ways, some are a single day, and some are spread out over multiple days.  All workshops will have two 2-hour zoom meetings with approximately 2-4 hours of asynchronous work to complete in between.
  • Cost: $0
  • Stipend: yes, workshops hosted between December 14, 2020 - May 31, 2021 are eligible for a $100 Amazon gift card payable upon completion of workshop and submitting final form. More information found here.
  • Dates:
Code.org CS Fundamentals Deep Dive
Integrating Computer Science into your K-5 classroom through Digital Citizenship
Integrating CS Projects into your K-5 Classroom using Code.org’s standalone “Create” Labs
Integrating Computer Science into your K-5 Classroom using Artificial Intelligence

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