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.

The following are the VIRTUAL professional opportunities available:

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

Overview

Designed for middle school educators teaching across all subjects, the Integrating Computer Science professional development workshop is designed to equip teachers with the knowledge and instructional strategies to integrate computer science into existing coursework.

The topics covered in each workshop include:

  • Role of Computer Science in society and the classroom
  • Indiana Computer Science Standards, including where to locate the standards and how to navigate the curriculum map
  • Introduction to the 5 core concepts of CS: Data and Information, Computing Devices and Systems, Programs and Algorithms, Networking and Communications and Impact and Culture
  • Experiencing classroom lessons for each core concept

These virtual 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 hours of asynchronous work to complete in between.  The workshop will provide an intro to computer science, pedagogy, overview of the online curriculum, teacher dashboard, and strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities.

Eligibility and Pre-Requisites

This workshop is for 6-8 Computer Science Teachers, Media/Library Specialists, Resource/Tech Teachers, and General Education classroom teachers.

Workshop Details

  • Length: 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:
    • Tuesday, March 16, 8 - 10 AM EST AND 2 - 4PM EST
    • Monday, March 22, 3:30 - 5:30PM EST AND Wednesday, March 24, 3:30 - 5:30PM EST
    • Monday, April 5, 3:30 - 5:30PM EST AND Thursday, April 8, 3:30 - 5:30PM EST
    • Saturday, April 17, 10AM - 12PM EST AND 3 - 5PM EST
    • Monday, May 4, 3:30 - 5:30PM EST AND Wednesday, May 6, 3:30 - 5:30PM EST
    • Saturday, May 15, 8 - 10 AM EST AND 2 - 4PM EST

     

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Integrating CS Projects into your 6-8 Classroom using Code.org’s standalone “Create” Labs
Integrating Computer Science into your 6-8 Classroom using Artificial Intelligence

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