Google’s CS4HS teaches teachers at FDU

New Jersey educators came to the Florham Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University in June to learn how to teach coding. The program, part of Google’s CS4HS (Computer Science for High School), was funded by a grant from Google, allowing the educators to learn at no cost.

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The first session, Coding & Computational Thinking for grades 4-7, was held June 20-21, was held for instructors of grades 4-7.

The second, Analytical Problem Solving Through Coding for grades 8-12, was held June 22-23. Each session lasted for two days and ran from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Both sessions were taught by Kiron Sharma, professor of computer science and university core director.

Participants receive year round support from world class faculty and have the opportunity to be a part of a community of the practice of sharing resources and pedagogical techniques; learning about computational problem solving, basic coding skills and acquiring the vocabulary to share concepts in the classroom; gaining an understanding of cybersecurity and information assurance and the role that computer science plays in other disciplines; and preparing to convey the impact of computer science on people and communities in a way that engages and excites students.CS4HS1

There will be follow up webinars and two additional meet-ups during the academic year. Participants receive 20 hours of professional development credit from FDU.

Google CS4HS takes place annually and aims to improve the computer science educational ecosystem by providing funding for the development and execution of CS teacher professional development worldwide. To learn more about CS4HS, visit www.cs4hs.com.