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.

Select the PD opportunity you would like to learn more about:

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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Integrating CS into your Classroom Through 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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Integrating CS Projects into your Classroom Using Code.org’s Standalone “Create” Labs

This workshop will explore Code.org’s “Create” labs (sprite lab, artist, app lab, and game lab) and demonstrate how to integrate using them in other subjects to heighten your classroom projects.
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Integrating CS into Your Classroom Using AI

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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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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