2019 Maryland Computing Education Summit Was a Great Success
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Upcoming Events

Support for new CS teachers

Are you teaching a new CS class for the first time? Do you want an online mentor to help explain upcoming lessons, help you prepare for possible challenges,  or answer questions? Sign up for the online mentor program to be paired with an experienced mentor and attend daily help sessions.

Upcoming cohorts for secondary CS teacher certification

  • COMING IN SPRING 2020: Become a certified secondary CS teacher, 1-day workshop followed by online coursework 
    Read more about the MCCE grant program to reward teachers who add on a CS endorsement.

Summer 2019 Professional Development

for Maryland teachers, faculty, administrators and counselors

View by topic/grade level

Summer 2019 PD already completed, by dates:

June 10-11
Towson University
  • University partners only: Review existing pathways and materials for preservice programs that integrate computational thinking and support computer science education for Maryland's future teachers. (sign up here)
June 17
Oxon Hill Staff Development Center
7711 Livingston Rd, Oxon Hill, MD
free parking
      •  PG county only Cyber Literacy 1 and 2 for STEM schools using the Parallax robot. Sign up with MCCE. 9:30am - 3:30 pm
 June 18-19
Waldorf Higher Education Center
3261 Old Washington Rd # 1020, Waldorf, MD
free parking
  • Scratch for middle school with MyCS from csinsf.org (MCCE Waldorf June 18 or July 22-23 for a deeper dive) 8am-3pm
  • Introduction to Microsoft Micro:bit for 7th grade June 19 8am-3pm
    • Upper elementary Code.org for grades 4-5 through Code.org 
 June 24-26
UMUC Dorsey Station
6865 Deerpath Rd, Elkridge, MD
free parking

 Elementary coaches program. For anyone who attended the introductory session at the MD CS Summit or district designated leaders. Read more at (bit.ly/mdcoach0619)

8:30am-4pm

July 8-12
UMUC Largo
 
1616 McCormick Dr, Largo, MD
free parking
Gen Cyber camp for high school science, technology, engineering, and math teachers who are new to cybersecurity and are interested in incorporating cybersecurity into their curriculum. FILLED - try again next year, or sign up for the 2-day August 5-6 session (above) 

July 15-19
Hood College,
401 Rosemont Ave, Frederick, MD 

free parking

Reserve dorm rooms for distant attendees here

  • Maryland Codes CS Discoveries ( 5 days M-F) with quarterly follow up sessions 8:30am-4pm
  • Maryland Codes AP CS Principles ( 5 days M-F) with quarterly follow up sessions 8:30am-4pm
  • AP CS-A Java ( 4 days M introduction, T-Th AP Java) (sign up) 9am-3pm
  • Python for high school (3 days, T-Th) from Carnegie Mellon 9am-3pm
  • Microsoft Minecraft for middle school ( 2 days Th-F) 9am-3pm
  • Microsoft Micro:bit for middle school ( 2 days T-W) 9am-3pm
  • Maryland Codes CS Fundamentals for elementary (5 separate 1-day workshops) 8:30am-4pm
  • University Partners CS certification pathways (July 15-16) Hood College 9am - 3pm
    • University Partners computational thinking integrated into K-8  (July 17-18) at Mt. St. Mary's Frederick Campus, 5350 Spectrum Dr, Frederick, MD 9am - 3pm
July 22-26
Baltimore City
Notre Dame
 
4701 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD
Maryland Codes CS Discoveries ( 5 days ) with quarterly follow ups 8:30am-4pm
July 22-26
Waldorf Higher Education Center
3261 Old Washington Rd # 1020,
Waldorf, MD
free parking
  • Microsoft Minecraft for middle school ( 2 days July 22-23) 9am-3pm
  • Microsoft Micro:bit for middle school ( 2 days July 24-25) 9am-3pm
  • Scratch for middle school with MyCS from csinsf.org (MCCE Waldorf July 22-23) 9am-3pm
  • Become a certified secondary CS teacher, 1-day workshop 9am-3pm followed by online coursework (MCCE  July 26 plus online coursework). Read more about the MCCE grant program to reward teachers who add on a CS endorsement. APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 CLOSED June 31. 2020 APPLICATIONS ARE STILL OPEN 

July 29-August 2
Wicomico Middle School
635 E Main St, Salisbury, MD

free parking

  • CS Discoveries ( MCCE 5 days M-F) 9am-4pm
  • AP Computer Science principles CS Matters (MCCE 2 days Aug 1-2) 9am-3pm
  • Workshop on computational thinking in English Language Arts (Wednesday July 31) 9am-3pm
  • Workshop on computational thinking in Science (Monday July 29) 9am-3pm
  • Elementary program development and implementation options (MCCE July 29-30 Wicomico Middle) 9am-3pm
    • Elementary curriculum development (MCCE July 31, Wicomico Middle) 9am-3pm

August 6th
UMUC Shady Grove
9636 Gudelsky Dr #4101, Rockville, MD

Parking codes will be issued

  • Counselors for Computing  (NCWIT)
  • Virtual Robotics with CRCC sign up at: MCCE information at: https://gocoderz.com/ 
    • Teacher Certification workshop (MCCE plus online coursework). Read more about the MCCE grant program to reward teachers who add on a CS endorsement. APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 CLOSE June 31. 2020 APPLICATIONS ARE STILL OPEN 9am-3pm
August 5-8
JHU APL
11100 Johns Hopkins Road,
Laurel, Maryland
free parking
  • Advanced cybersecurity hands on from Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab 9am-3pm
August 5-8
UMUC Largo 
1616 McCormick Dr, Largo, MD
free parking
  • Counselors for Computing August 8 (NCWIT) 9am-3pm
  • CS Discoveries focus on units 1-2 (MCCE Aug 5-8 ) for middle school (with follow ups during the school year) 9am-3pm
  • CS Discoveries focus on units 3-6 (MCCE Aug 6-7 ) for high school (with follow ups during the school year) 9am-3pm
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity (MCCE August 5-6 ) 9am-3pm
  • Scratch Jr. (MCCE August 7) 9am-noon presented by PBS. Read more here.
  • Teacher Certification workshop (MCCE August 8 plus online coursework). Read more about the MCCE grant program to reward teachers who add on a CS endorsement. APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 CLOSE June 31. 2020 APPLICATIONS ARE STILL OPEN

Additional PD opportunities with a registration cost (MSDE, grants, or out of state funding may be available)------------------------------

  • PLTW at UMBC - throughout the summer
  • Colorado School of Mines 

    CS Pd Week!

    July 22-26, 2019

    Colorado School of Mines will once again host this week-long residential summer program this summer, with sessions in Bootstrap, Exploring CS, Mobile CSP, and Counselors for Computing (1-day) and taught by national experts/providers. Scholarships are available for all options. The registration fee is $1000 (or free!). Check it out: http://cspdweek.org

  • InfoSys Pathfinders July 14-19 in Indiana, applications closed May 7


 

Scratch Jr. workshops

Scratch Jr. is a free app that allows young children (ages 5-7) to program their own interactive stories and games. In this creative environment, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves on a computer.

  • Sign up for a session this summer presented by PBS: Scratch Jr. (MCCE Aug 7 9am-noon UMUC Largo) bring a tablet or iPad along.

PBS KIDS ScratchJr is a free tablet app developed in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab and Tufts University’s Developmental Technologies Research Group. Available on iPad, Android, and Amazon tablets, the app helps kids ages 5-8 learn core coding concepts as they create their own interactive stories and games using PBS KIDS characters. PBS KIDS ScratchJr is available in both English and Spanish, and incorporates PBS KIDS media properties, including characters from Wild Kratts, WordGirl, Peg + Cat, Odd Squad, Arthur, Nature Cat, and Ready Jet Go! By snapping together colorful programming blocks, kids can make characters move, jump, dance and sing. In the process, they solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively using technology. With PBS KIDS ScratchJr, kids aren’t just learning to code, they are coding to learn.

Summer 2019 Professional Development
for Microsoft Minecraft and Micro:bit

  • ** Free professional development for Maryland teachers. **
  • ** Free curriculum **

Priority is given to teachers who will use the materials in classes next year and have been recommended by their district or principal.

WHEN? 8:30am – 3:30pm

Minecraft:

  • July 18-19 at Hood College, Frederick MD
  • July 22-23 at Waldorf Higher Education Center, Waldorf, MD

Micro:bit

  • July 16-17 at Hood College, Frederick MD
  • July 24-25 at Waldorf Higher Education Center, Waldorf, MD

WHAT?

Microsoft Minecraft

Coding in Minecraft, from creating one line of code to reverse engineering pre-written code, inspires students to engage in Computer Science. In this course, you will learn to apply Microsoft MakeCode in Block Code and JavaScript format directly in Minecraft: Education Edition. Throughout the course, you will be guided through both Minecraft and the Code Builder applications to explore how code can be used to create basic to complex learning opportunities and have an immediate impact on learning and teaching both in and beyond the Computing Studies classroom. Be sure to visit education.minecraft.com/download to download the free software and bring a mouse along to make the experience the best possible. Also download the free curriculum at Minecraft EDU for computer science or for general topics.

Microsoft Micro:bit

This is an introduction to coding and computer science by way of making and design, using the revolutionary new micro:bit microcontroller board, and Microsoft's easy and powerful MakeCode block-based coding environment. It is a project-based curriculum with a maker philosophy at its core; the idea is that by making physical objects, students create a context for learning the coding and computer science concepts. Your school will need to purchase a class set of micro:bits (about $225) in order to offer this to a class of 30 students. Download the free curriculum to get started and see what creative projects are available.

HOW DO I REGISTER?

Keep your eyes open for opportunities in the 19-20 school year.

Dianne O'Grady-Cunniff, dogrady@usmd.edu
Director, Maryland Center for Computing Education

Dr. Megean Garvin, mgarvin@usmd.edu
Director of Research, Maryland Center for Computing Education

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3300 Metzerott Rd. Adelphi, MD 20783 http://cs4md.com
MCCE received initial support from the National Science Foundation, (MSP)2 Grant No. 0831970.