Summer 2017 Teacher Training
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Computer Science (CS) Fundamentals curriculum is implemented within Code Studio, Code.org‘s online education platform. This completely free curriculum consists of multiple courses, each of which has about 20 lessons that may be implemented as one unit or over the course of a semester. By the end of each course, students create interactive games or stories that they can share with anyone. The courses are flexible, too, so educators can adjust them based on their students’ developmental level and prior experience.
This training awards elementary teachers a certificate as a CodeVA K5 Computer Science Coach, allowing you to build your district capacity to train your teachers on the new standards.
The VDOE has begun the process of developing the new Computer Science SOLs. These standards will be defined for each grade K – 8 and are intended to be integrated into core classes.
Elementary Coaches prepare to:
- Conduct local professional development in their district based on the existing PD model
- Instruct teachers in grade level computer science content
- Implement professional development using pedagogy best suited for computer science instruction
- Equip their district to make informed decisions about your ongoing computer science curricular needs
The program includes online modules covering core content, a week long in-person practicum, and four follow up sessions during the school year. While CodeVA cannot cover travel costs the training, all materials and lunches are free of charge.
Project GUTS — Growing Up Thinking Scientifically — is a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program for middle school students serving schools and districts nationally. Growing up thinking scientifically means learning to look at the world and ask questions, develop answers to the questions through scientific inquiry, and design solutions to their problems.
Computer Science Discoveries is a full-year introductory computer science survey course (can be implemented as two standalone semesters) targeted at upper middle school and lower high school (grades 7-9). The course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as programming, physical computing, HTML/CSS, and data. Students are empowered to create authentic artifacts and engage with CS as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun.
Exploring Computer Science was developed around a framework of both computer science content and computational practice. Assignments and instruction are contextualized to be socially relevant and meaningful for diverse students. Units utilize a variety of tools/platforms, and culminate with final projects around the following topics: Human Computer Interaction, Problem Solving, Web Design, Programming, Computing and Data Analysis, and Robotics.
AP Computer Science Principles introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. The AP Program designed AP Computer Science Principles with the goal of creating leaders in computer science fields and attracting and engaging those who are traditionally underrepresented with essential computing tools and multidisciplinary opportunities.