6-8 Professional Development

Nextech is excited to help bring computer science to 6-8 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:

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

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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Integrating CS in your Classroom Deep Dive

The Integrating CS Deep Dive workshop is a great opportunity to collaborate with other 6-8 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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Code.org CS Discoveries

Computer Science Discoveries is an introductory computer science course for 6 - 10th grade students that can be run as a full-year, semester, trimester or quarter-long course.
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CSD & CSP Expanded Learning Program

The CS Discoveries and CS Principles Expanded Learning Program (ELP) is a two and a half day, summer professional development experience to help past 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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