Category Archives: PD

CS Praxis Pass By Reference Video Tutorial

I recently presented a session on the ETS Computer Science Praxis Test at the Arkansas Computer Science Education Summit.  One of the questions in the study companion warranted further investigation.  This video walks you through the concepts pass-by-value and pass-by-reference and shows you how to solve problems like Question 17.

Comment or reply if you have additional questions about this concept or would like to see more videos like this one covering questions in the study companion.

Computer Science Leadership Summit October 8

The second annual Arkansas Computer Science Leadership Summit will take place on Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts (ASMSA),

The theme is “Building and Sustaining Computer Science — Powering Minds, Businesses, and Communities.” If you are interested in finding engaging ways to improve computer science and information technology education in Arkansas, please plan to attend. Governor Asa Hutchinson promotes improving computer science education as one of the cornerstones of STEM education which will foster learning and will be a catalyst for Arkansas economy.  It is imperative that we join together to form business-education partnerships that will stimulate computer science learning and economic development.

The registration cost to attend is $50 which includes lunch and conference material, but will be waived for presenters.  Register now using the link below.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ynypQg6HAKB146mTX6dgYNcZIgQRtjj6geQpaHoOcNs/viewform

This meeting is sponsored and organized by the Arkansas STEM Coalition, Computer Science Teachers Association Arkansas, the Arkansas Academy of Computing, and several businesses and other Computer Science supporters.

The agenda includes sessions on what and how to offer computer science courses in your school district, the role business partnerships play in the computer science initiative, cyber-security, developing the computer science pipeline through higher education, and a report from the Computer Science Task Force.

Parking is free.  Contact Dr. Suzanne Mitchell at 501-690-1518 or via email director@arkansasstemcoalition.com if you have any questions about the Computer Science Leadership Summit at ASMSA in Hot Springs on October 8th.  In addition, feel free to email Mr. Carl Frank, President of the Arkansas Computer Science Teachers Association, at frankc@asmsa.org  or call 501-860-0141.

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.