Category Archives: PD

Free K-5 Coding Workshop for Arkansas Teachers

Registration is now open for a free code.org training to Central Arkansas! These workshops are fun, hands on and fantastic! Not only will you receive a FREE curriculum guide, but you will also be getting a FREE swag bag full of code.org goodies!  Little Rock School Districts teachers will receive 5 hours of technology professional development.

 

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This workshop will be presented by Joel Spencer.  Joel is a science specialist with the Little Rock School District in Little Rock, Arkansas. His responsibilities include running an elementary science lab for 535 students and facilitating district wide professional development in the areas of elementary science and instructional technology. He has been a teacher for 11 years, 6 of those were in the area of elementary science. He has also served as a literacy coach and classroom teacher.

Computer science is Joel’s passion which is why he is a firm believer that teaching computer science needs to start at the elementary level. His students have been coding for three years and watching them do it is the highlight of his day.

Remember: BRING YOUR OWN TECHNOLOGY (laptops, chromebooks, tablets, iPad) and make sure your devices are charged!

New Self-Paced Computational Thinking Course for Educators from Google

Google has just released a course for educators introducing them to Computational Thinking.  No programming experience or other special skills are required — just your Google Account.

The course begins on July 15th and runs through September.  It should take you 15-30 hours to complete, and you will receive a certificate if you finish by October 1.

Get started at http://g.co/computationalthinking

 

PD: Make Apps For That! @ HSTI

Today I’m in Hot Springs, Arkansas presenting a full day hands-on session at the Hot Springs Technology Institute pre-conference.  Participants will become familiar with the new Essentials of Computer Programming frameworks, get some exposure to MIT App Inventor, and take home a set of Android tablets to use in their classrooms.  The full conference begins tomorrow, and I cannot wait!

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Full details will come later, but for now you can view the participant agenda.