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Summer CS PD for Elementary 2020

PLEASE NOTE: All summer PD for 2020 is moving online. Dates and times have changed to accommodate this transition. 

Introduction to Scratch Projects With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century. This workshop is a basic introduction to Scratch for K-8 teachers.and will combine synchronous sessions, independent work, and small group collaborations. 0.5 CPD credits--7.5 hours total.  choose either Monday-Tuesday July 20-21 or Wednesday-Thursday, July 22-23. mornings.  Register
Scratch Encore This session is designed for those who already know the basics of Scratch, and want to dig deeply into high-quality lessons that were designed with support, engagement, and differentiation in mind. July 27-30  Register
Integrated computing Integrating Computer Science in Elementary Classrooms--Learn how to effectively integrate lessons that teach computational thinking skills into your elementary classroom. Explore high interest, plugged and unplugged activities that can support and enhance content in multiple subject areas. This workshop requires participants to have basic knowledge of, Scratch, or another coding tool appropriate for young children will combine synchronous sessions, independent work and small group collaborations. 1.0 CPD credit --15 hours total. Monday-Thursday August 3-6. 2 sections: Choose 8:30am-12:30pm or 1pm-5pm  each day. Register CS Fundamentals The CS Fundamentals units are designed to be an introduction to CS for students of all ages, starting as young as Kindergarten pre-readers. The courses blend online, self-guided and self-paced tutorials with “unplugged” activities that require no computer at all. Each course consists of a set of lessons that may be implemented as one unit or over the course of a semester. This workshop will guide teachers new to fundamentals in implementing the units effectively with their students and will combine synchronous and independent sessions. 0.5 CPD credits --7.5 hours total. Tuesday and Wednesday, June 30 - July 1  Register
Integrating Artificial intelligence Are you new to Artificial Intelligence? Are you curious to know how you can incorporate some of these high-interest ideas and engaging activities in any class? Join this online class of interactive activities from MindSpark Learning and IBM with local online discussion groups to build your understanding of how Artificial Intelligence affects all of us and how we can inform the students of today to be informed consumers and creators. 1 CPD credit (15 hours: Choose either June 8-26 or August 3-21, 5 hours a week for 3 weeks) Meets Monday evenings 7-8 pm for 3 weeks and the final Thursday from 7-8pm. Register
School counselors This workshop by counselors for computing focuses on an understanding of the disciplines and career awareness in computing and cyber. Developed by NCWIT, Counselors 4 Computing is a national program to broaden the diversity of students in technology. July 6-8 9:30am-2:20 pm with a lunch/health break in the middle. 0.5 CPD credits Register

These workshops are postponed until in-person classes resume:

Library Media Specialists Coding and computational thinking fit in well with maker spaces and digital literacy skills. Many Maryland districts have units of study that include computer science standards. Discover some integrated ideas, literature-based activities, digital storytelling, and digital resources to increase student creativity and engagement. Others who have an interest are welcome to attend.  IF INTERESTED PLEASE ATTEND THE INTEGRATION WORKSHOP. Deep Dive Developed with’s professional learning values in mind, the Deep Dive workshop provides teachers who have already used CS Fundamentals with a hands-on learning experience with other like-minded teachers. Teachers are given the space to work through the individual challenges in carefully crafted sessions led by experienced facilitators, most of whom were (and often still are) classroom teachers.  (Salisbury 7/7, Hood 7/24 also offered in Columbia 7/31)  
Scratch Jr  With Scratch Jr, young children (ages 5-7) can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer. This is an excellent entry point to anyone new to coding. M-T each week  

Consider attending a Minecraft, Micro:bit or other session to expand your knowledge of computer science.

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

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

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MCCE received initial support from the National Science Foundation, (MSP)2 Grant No. 0831970.