Computer Science Professional Development Workshop for Educators

 

Fairleigh Dickinson University will offer two free sessions at the Florham Campus for educators to learn how to teach coding and computer science to students. The first session will apply to those who teach grades 4-7 and the second for instructors of grades 8-12.

Each session will last two days and run from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The first session, Coding & Computational Thinking for grades 4-7, will be held June 20-21. The second, Analytical Problem Solving Through Coding for grades 8-12, will be held June 22-23. The sessions are part of Google’s CS4HS program and are funded by a grant from Google.

“Our CS4HS program will prepare teachers to explore computational thinking and arm them with tools to offer computer science instructions to all their students,” said Kiron Sharma, professor of computer science and director of the STEM Institute of Education.

Computational Thinking and Analytical Problem Solving, a CS4HS program sponsored by Google, is designed for teachers and administrators in grades 4-12. Participants will learn to code while developing practical apps with a cybersecurity backdrop and user-friendly design. Two action-packed days of insights and best practices will empower teachers to incorporate computational thinking in their teaching and to enthuse their students to explore this rapidly expanding field.

“Learning and teaching computer science is fun because it naturally sparks creativity, innovation, and collaboration,” said Sharma.

Participants will 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.

Registration for the workshops is via Eventbrite. To register for Coding & Computational Thinking for grades 4-7, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coding-and-computational-thinking-tickets-25439503239. To register for Analytical Problem Solving Through Coding for grades 8-12, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/analytical-problem-solving-through-coding-tickets-25456344612.

Space is limited. There will be follow up webinars and two additional meet-ups during the academic year. Participants will receive 20 hours of professional development credit from FDU, as well as pedagogical support year round. All attendees will be compensated in amount of $300 to cover incidental expenses. Additionally, breakfast and lunch will be served. Sharma is the Principal Investigator of the Google CS4HS project at Fairleigh Dickinson University. The Google CS4HS program is an annual funding program 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.

For more information, contact Dr. Kiron Sharma at sharma@fdu.edu or 973.443.8691.

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