Teacher Trainings

This new year, make a resolution to bring computer science to your classroom!  With six different opportunities to learn from some of the best, it’s easier than ever to get kids coding. Join us this spring for six opportunities to get your STEM clock hours in! 

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Spring 2020 Training Participants

SAM Labs makes engaging, hands-on coding tools designed for K-12 students and educators to explore STEAM, develop problem-solving skills, and create with technology. The combination of their standards-aligned lessons, visual drag-and-drop coding apps and wireless electronic blocks allow students as young as kindergarten to build, program, and troubleshoot their way through challenges in science, engineering, math or even ELA.    

Code.org is a non-profit organization and advocacy group working to encourage students across the world to learn computer science.  Based in Seattle, they provide the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science for some of the largest school districts in the United States. Their website and online dashboard offers free coding lessons and software for teachers that spans everything from preschool programming to AP level coursework.

Learn to Code with SAM Labs

Saturday, January 11, 2020   |    9:30 am - 4:30 pm

$20 per person   |   Free for Living Computers Educator Members!
 
Maximum 24 seats

Whether you're a complete coding novice or a proficient programmer, this Professional Development session is a great opportunity to learn to code and have fun with physical computing. SAM Labs is an engaging, hands-on tool that can elevate your computer science skills based on a combination of wireless hardware blocks, intuitive coding platforms, and standards-aligned lessons. SAM Labs' Learn to Code Course is designed around teaching Google's Blockly coding language for 4th to 8th grade through scope and sequenced lessons, with a strong emphasis on problem solving and computational thinking.

In this all-day session, you will be introduced to the theory and pedagogy behind implementing and teaching a successful computer science initiative, learn specific coding skills using SAM Labs with Workbench, understand how problem solving and computational thinking can be applied within the realm of computer science, and explore other relevant themes such as digital citizenship, cyber security and more. Coding has never been as fun and exciting as this!

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Code.org Computer Science Fundamentals

Saturday, February 8, 2020   |   9:30 am – 4:30p     SOLD OUT

$20 per person   |   Free for Living Computers Educator Members!
 
Maximum 24 seats 

Designed for elementary school teachers, this Code.org CS Fundamentals Workshop involves in-person instruction from an experienced computer science facilitator, including an intro to computer science, pedagogy, overview of the online curriculum, teacher dashboard, and strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities.  In addition to approximately 6 hours of instruction, participants will receive from PDP a printed curriculum guide containing course lesson plans; a certificate of completion; and a code.org swag bag.

Implementing and Managing a STEAM and Coding Program with SAM Labs

Saturday, March 14, 2020   |   9:30 am – 4:30p

$20 per person   |   Free for Living Computers Educator Members!
 
Maximum 24 seats

Computer science and coding is becoming an integral part of the job landscape, but our future workers aren’t meeting the demand. More and more school districts are turning to supplement their technology plans with a true computer science and coding component to equip their students for academic achievement and post-secondary success. To maximize the impact of these initiatives, a clear K-12 CS strategy and pathway is needed.

In this Professional Development session, you will develop essential basic coding skills and understanding, and then explore appropriate strategies for implementing programs in your own organizations. We will be using SAM Labs: an engaging, hands-on tool that can elevate your computer science skills based on a combination of wireless hardware blocks, intuitive coding platforms, and standards-aligned lessons. This tool is a powerful starting point that spans across K-8 in skills and content that is also perfect for coding beginners. With hands-on coding and collaborative brainstorming, this training session will give you the skills, ideas and blueprints to take back and implement.

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Code.org Computer Science Fundamentals

Saturday, April 4, 2020   |   9:30 am – 4:30p

$20 per person   |   Free for Living Computers Educator Members!
 
Maximum 24 seats 

Designed for elementary school teachers, this Code.org CS Fundamentals Workshop involves in-person instruction from an experienced computer science facilitator, including an intro to computer science, pedagogy, overview of the online curriculum, teacher dashboard, and strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities.  In addition to approximately 6 hours of instruction, participants will receive from PDP a printed curriculum guide containing course lesson plans; a certificate of completion; and a code.org swag bag.

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Code.org Computer Science Fundamentals

Saturday, May 9, 2020   |   9:30 am – 4:30p

$20 per person   |   Free for Living Computers Educator Members!
 
Maximum 24 seats 

Designed for elementary school teachers, this Code.org CS Fundamentals Workshop involves in-person instruction from an experienced computer science facilitator, including an intro to computer science, pedagogy, overview of the online curriculum, teacher dashboard, and strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities.  In addition to approximately 6 hours of instruction, participants will receive from PDP a printed curriculum guide containing course lesson plans; a certificate of completion; and a code.org swag bag.

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Hands-on STEAM with SAM Labs

Saturday, May 16, 2020   |   9:30 am – 4:30p

$20 per person   |   Free for Living Computers Educator Members!
 
Maximum 24 seats

Curious about how you can bring STEAM into your school or classroom? Or looking to deepen your knowledge of coding and where it can be applied across STEAM subjects? This Professional Development session is the perfect opportunity to gets hands-on with STEAM and learn how and what is possible! SAM Labs is an engaging, hands-on tool that can elevate your computer science skills based on a combination of wireless hardware blocks, intuitive coding platforms, and standards-aligned lessons. Focused on inspiring students as early as kindergarten, SAM Labs makes learning about STEAM engaging and fun, with a strong pedagogical foundation, while integrating it into subjects like science, technology, math or even ELA.

In this training, we will learn foundational coding skills with SAM Labs using the intuitive SAM Space app, before diving into how to apply these skills and approach with the SAM Labs lesson plans. Covering topics ranging from Morse Code, through Friction to Earthquakes, you are bound to find applicable lessons in the extensive repertoire of varied curriculum. Throughout the day we will also be learning about essential concepts like problem solving and computational thinking, and how STEAM education can introduce and foster these skills for students and educators alike. Prepare to be creative, have fun, and bring back some new ideas and skills!
 

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Have a questions about professional development at LCM+L?

For questions about any of these trainings or the Educator Membership, email labs@livingcomputers.org to speak with an Educator.