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Aimed at teachers and administrators of kindergarten, first, and second grade, this 4-part professional development series encourages educators to explore key concepts and practices of computer science. Using whimsical graphics, realistic videos, and an easy to follow teacher journal, computer science integration becomes approachable through the sessions. This learning time is built around the philosophy of Hello Ruby: an unplugged, creative, and playful approach to introducing computer science. Content knowledge, pedagogy, and technological skills are readily addressed.
Session 1- Introduction to Computer Science, School Assessment and CS Standards, Powerful Ideas/Pedagogy
Session 2- Computation, Code, Vocabulary, Making CS Visible
Session 3- Data and Algorithms, Hardware, Computer Systems
Session 4- Networks, Diversity and Equity, Resources
Session 5- Review and CS Integration/ Alignment
Session 6- Utilizing Resources for Optimal Outcomes
Created as a virtual professional development opportunity, participants remain engaged through the use of break out rooms, the chat feature, and the use of Google Classroom. Prior to the professional development, teachers received the Linda Liukas' books Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding, Hello Ruby: Journey Inside the Computer, and Hello Ruby: Expedition to the Internet, as well as a Computer Science Toolkit. The Computer Science Toolkit was composed of several pages from the Hello Ruby Teacher Journal (free online), the K-2 VDOE Computer Science Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework, and the VDOE Computer Science Curriculum Alignment.
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