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Teach the Future: K-5 Computer Science Fundamentals with Code.org

April 3, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm


This workshop provides teachers with hands-on training in Computer Science (“CS”) education. No prior experience in computing is required. Topics covered include computational thinking, a CS word wall, classroom strategies, programming with kids, and lots of “unplugged” classroom activities ready for immediate adoption. Attendees receive free curriculum guides and bling bags from Code.org. Among other takeaways, you will learn that yes! you can teach Computer Science.

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What you’ll get from this workshop:

  • In-person instruction from an experienced computer science facilitator
  • An intro to computer science and pedagogy
  • An overview of the online curriculum and teacher dashboard
  • A printed curriculum guide containing course lesson plans
  • Strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities
  • Classroom supplies for the unplugged activities
  • A certificate of completion
  • A bag of Code.org swag

Technology Requirements: Laptop or Chromebook


  • Workshop registration and Meet and Greet
  • Why Computer Science?
  • The Computer Science Word Wall (Hands On Activity: Binary Bracelets)
  • Introduction to Programming (Block Languages)
  • Lunch
  • Classroom Strategies
  • The Equitable Computer Science Classroom
  • The Internet
  • Wrap up and reflection

Presenter Bio: Michele teaches Computer Science at IUPUI, the Indianapolis regional campus of Purdue University. She has been active in Computer Science K-12 outreach for many years, hosting workshops for teachers and summer camps for students. In addition to being the Indiana Code.org K5 affiliate, Michele is also a pilot instructor for the upcoming new Computer Science Principles course and Director of CSCI Computing Outreach at IUPUI. She is passionate about helping teachers increase confidence and competency in computational thinking, and looks forward to working with and learning from all teachers interested in growing computational skills in children.

Event Locations & Registration

April 3 @ PROE Center, 10112 W Dubois Rd, Edwards, IL – More information & Registration

April 4 @ Stephenson-Jo Daviess-Carroll ROE, 27 S State Ave, Freeport, IL – More information & Registration

April 6 @ Centralia Recreation Complex, 115 East Second St, Centralia IL – More information & Registration

April 7 @ John A. Logan College, 700 Logan College Road, Carterville  IL – More information & Registration

April 11 @ Kane ROE, 28 N 1st St, Geneva, IL – More information & Registration

April 12 @ LEASE, 1009 Boyce Memorial Drive, Ottawa, IL – More information & Registration

April 13 @ Champaign-Ford ROE, 3358 Big Pine Trail, Champaign, IL – More information & Registration

April 20 @ Regional Instruction Center (RIC), 50 West Industrial Park Drive, Kankakee, IL – More information & Registration


April 3, 2017
9:00 am - 3:30 pm


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