Teaching Computing Ideas is a new Professional Development course that prepares teachers to teach the Computing Ideas course.

What's covered in the PD course?

Here is an overview of the course units:

  1. Welcome - Overview of the Computing Ideas professional development course. Learn about key principles and ideas for teaching Computing Ideas, discuss issues of access and equity in the field of Computer Science, and set goals and expectations for how to make the most out of this course.

  2. Programming Bootcamp - Dive in and learn the basics of web development and programming by working through a portion of the Computing Ideas curriculum. Create your own creative programs and web pages, including your own codehs.me homepage

  3. Using CodeHS Effectively - In this short module you will gain an understanding of what CodeHS brings to your classroom, practice using the teaching tools CodeHS provides, and learn how to use the CodeHS platform effectively.

  4. Teaching Web Development - In this module we'll go over teaching the basics of web development. We will cover common misunderstandings, explain ways to teach these concepts in the classroom, and how to grade student web pages.

  5. Teaching Programming with Karel - This module covers the pedagogy behind teaching introductory programming topics with Karel the Dog. We will cover common misunderstandings, explain ways to teach these concepts in the classroom, and how to grade student programs.

  6. Basics of Debugging - Debugging is locating and fixing errors in programs, and is one of the most important skills for your own programming as well as grading others’ code. In this module we’ll identify common errors, and teach you effective debugging strategies that you can model and teach to your students.

  7. Teaching a Blended Coding Class - Learn what leading a blended classroom with both online and offline activities looks like, and learn helpful ideas and best practices for incorporating online learning into a traditional classroom.

  8. Supplemental Content: Teacher Interviews! Hear from expert teachers who have taught computer science with CodeHS.

Are there prerequisites for taking this PD course?

There are no prerequisites for this course. The Computing Ideas PD course assumes no prior experience coding or teaching computer science.

This professional development course is designed for passionate teachers who are interested in teaching computer science, but do not necessarily have a background in programming. No experience is required to take the professional development course.

The course can also be for people who are experienced programmers but have not taught in the classroom before. The focus on the pedagogy of teaching computer science and leveraging the blended classroom format makes the online professional development an extremely helpful experience for new teachers.

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How long is the course?

Teachers can expect approximately 30 hours of online self paced learning.

How long will I have access to the course?

The course does not expire, teachers will have access to course content at all times. You can always come back and review the course during the school year.

Where is the PD located?

The course is entirely web based. Teachers can take this course anywhere anytime.

What kind of support will I have as I work through the online PD?

CodeHS has a PD Team of former teachers, as well as a network of computer science undergraduate tutors, ready to support you as you work through the PD course.

Teachers will have a dedicated member of the CodeHS PD Team providing one on one support, answering questions, and grading teacher submissions as teachers work through the course. This support continues into the school year.

Teachers will also have access to the CodeHS Teacher Forum as they work through the PD course as well as during the school year. The Teacher Forum is a great resource for learning from other CodeHS teachers, sharing best practices, and getting questions answered.

For more information about the Teaching Computing Ideas PD course, please visit the info page: codehs.com/info/pd/computing_ideas
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