Ongoing professional development and support is available for the fall. Sign up for sessions and classes now.

CS PD for Elementary 2020-21

PLEASE NOTE: All PD is currently online. 

 

Do you want to learn how to support student learning for problem solving and logic?

  • Teacher workshop on how to support your students to solve these logic, problem-solving and computational thinking problems. 1pm November 7th. Register here
  • The contest is November 9-13: 17th World-Wide Bebras Week at bebras.org is a free international competition, that can be as competitive, or non-competitive as you want.  

Dig deeper into Computer Science Fundamentals

Take a Deep Dive into Code.org elementary materials November 7 & 14 from 8:30-noon. Register at code.org to be alerted to future sessions.

 

Do you use Scratch? Join our monthly meetups to connect with others.

 

Hour of Code Pajama Party.

Sundays 9am. Invite your kids, friends and family to join us! Try out 30 new Hour of Code lessons together for a half hour. (includes Spanish materials) Hour of Code Preview Pajama Party. 11/8, 11/22 or 12/6 at 9am or 11/18 at 7:30pm Sign up to join us on zoom.

 

View Summit webinars

Review session from the annual MD CS Summit October 28-29 2020 about cyber-awareness, computational thinking, and shared best practices in elementary computer science from around the state. 

 

All teachers Pk-12 introduction to Artificial intelligence

Integrating AI for all grade levels and subject areas 1 CPD credit (15 hours: Monday and Thursday evenings. coming in November/December. Meets twice a week from 7-8pm each night. Register here

 

 

Previously: Late Summer and Fall PD

Foolproof distance learning strategies for all grades  In this three week long professional development, teachers will learn how to bring the very best teaching strategies to the distance learning environment. With a focus on creating implementable classroom plans, teachers will work through six asynchronous modules to learn research-backed and classroom-tested strategies to build classroom culture, easily differentiate to meet the needs of all learners, and elevate their virtual learning experience by infusing creativity and collaboration.
Read more about the sessions here.  Choose Tuesday afternoons 2-3:30pm or Wednesday evenings 6-7:30pm. Total time needed to complete the course is about 3 hours a week for each week of the 3 Week Program: MCCE August 11-28
 Register
Creative communication and problem-solving in the K-8 classroom using Scratch  Experience a unit of Scratch as a student and discuss the many ways you can teach communication, problem-solving, and the design process in your classroom to bring students together around creative expression.  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 August 3-21, or September  21-Oct 9 ) requires 5 hours a week for 3 weeks) Meets Monday & Thursday evenings 7-8 pm for 3 weeks with online interactive sessions in between.  Register
     

 

Previously: Summer PD

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 Code.org, 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

 Code.org 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 Code.org 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

Future sessions

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.  
Code.org Deep Dive Developed with Code.org’s professional learning values in mind, the Deep Dive workshop provides teachers who have already used Code.org 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.