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Professional Development Opportunities

Professional Development Opportunities

Is your organization hosting a computer science PD event that you would like to see advertised here?  Please email all relevant information to buildingcsnj@tcnj.edu

Date: Saturday, Feb 24, 2018
9:30 – 3:30pm
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ
 *Full – waiting list only*
Mobile Apps Development – From Consumers to Creators!! 
The workshop involves building fully functional apps for Android smartphones and tablets using MIT APP Inventor which  is an intuitive, visual programming environment that allows everyone to be able to build apps. The blocks based tools helps in creating complex apps in significantly less time than traditional programming environments. This enables people to move from technology consumption to technology creation. App Inventor could make programming enjoyable and accessible to novices, enabling students to develop computing skills and computational thinking. Also, this empowers kids and adults to create apps that makes a difference in their communities and many have already done so and continue to do.
Some features when using App Inventor:
  • Your app appears on the Android phone or tablet, step-by-step as you add pieces to it, so you can test your work as you build.
  • If you don’t have an Android phone or tablet, you can build your apps using the Android emulator, software that runs on your computer and behaves just like a phone.
  • When you’re done, you can package your app and produce a stand-alone application to install.
Presenters: Rama Madhavarao and Dr. Neelu Sinha 

Host: The Building CS Capacity in NJ Project
Date: March 3, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: TCNJ in Ewing, NJ

*Full – waiting list only*

Computer Science Discoveries: Code.org’s Free Middle School CS Curriculum

Need a middle school computer science curriculum but don’t know where to start? Start here! Code.org’s Computer Science Discoveries is a full-year (or semester-long) introductory computer science course that is engaging, fun, and free! Join us for a full day of hands-on exploration as we navigate through the course philosophy, the Code.org website, assessment opportunities, and the six units of study.

Facilitator: Gary Hull


Date: Saturday March 3, 2018
Time:  9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: TCNJ in Ewing, NJ
Computer Science Principles: Code.org’s Free High School CS Curriculum

This workshop will introduce attendees to code.org‘s Computer Science Principles Curriculum. This user friendly curriculum was created for teachers to use whether they are planning to teach the course as an Advanced Placement Course or Introductory to CS Course. Teachers will learn about code.org‘s CS philosophy and how it is reflected in the curriculum. They will explore the Curriculum’s 5 Units as well as gain hands-on experience using the different technology tools that are implemented throughout each unit. Whether novice or experienced CS teachers, attendees will leave this workshop confident in bringing Computer Science Principles to their classroom. **This workshop will be a primer on how to implement code.org‘s CSP Curriculum. There will be future workshops and opportunities for attendees that want to delve deeper in the curriculum and join an active community of code.org Curriculum users.
Presenter: Adam Swift


Host: The Building CS Capacity in NJ Project
Date: Saturday March 24, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: TCNJ in Ewing, NJ
High and Low Level C Programming for the Java Teacher

Interested in material to prepare your students to learn Java? Interested in material to teach your students post AP CS A? Interested in a better understanding of how computer languages and architectures work? This one day course will cover intermediate C programming designed to prepare students for Java and advanced (pointer) based C designed for post AP CS A teaching all in a completely platform independent (even ChromeBooks are welcome!) fashion.

Adam Michlin


Host:  The Building CS Capacity in NJ Project
Date: Saturday April 7, 2018
Time: 9:30 – 3:30
Location: TCNJ, Ewing, NJ
Designing Applets Using Alice

Alice is used by teachers at all levels from middle schools to universities, in school classrooms and in after school and out of school programming, and in subjects ranging from visual arts and language arts to the fundamentals of programming and introduction to java courses.
Alice is a 3D, block-based programming environment. Students will create animations, build interactive narratives, and program simple games in this environment. The student will learn fundamental principles of programming including objects and classes, control structures, event handling, and passing data. Logical and computational thinking flow naturally into the creative explorations and exercises. Finally, a custom designed applet showcases the students’ work and provides a touchstone for concepts learned and understood.Presenter: Karen Sullivan


Date: Saturday April 21, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM – 3:30PM
Location: TCNJ, Ewing, NJ

Arcade Game Challenge: Creativity, Problem Solving and Design with Scratch and MakeyMakey

The focus of this class will be exploring how physical computing can ignite creativity and design.  After watching the video, Cain’s Arcade, teachers will be challenged to go beyond the keyboard and mouse to create unique inputs with the MakeyMakey printed circuit board for their own Scratch arcade game.  Simple supplies like cardboard boxes, aluminum foil, play-doh and other household items will be provided along with the MakeyMakey boards. Teachers will use the design and problem solving process to define an arcade game they would like to build, research Scratch code that might be useful, come up with some sketches, prototype inputs with the MakeyMakey and then develop their solution using the supplies.  The last 30 minutes, teachers will “play” with each other’s games and celebrate our success.  Note: While we are investigating various arcade type games, teachers will be introduced to Scratch as a simple yet powerful programing language that can successfully be used to teach the basics of computer science like events, loops, conditional statements, variables and more.  Teacher’s Scratch coding skills will be developed and challenged during this class.

Presenter: Roseanna Misuraca


Date: Saturday April 28, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM – 3:30PM
Location: TCNJ, Ewing, NJ
 Python Unleashed

Python is one of the most popular programming languages in the world and is now used to teach programming at six of the top ten computer science undergraduate programs in the United States. Python has a reputation for being a well-supported computer language that is ideal for education and is also a favorite among scientists. This workshop acts as an introduction to computer programming with the Python programming language. The basics of imperative programming will be covered as well as ideas from selected areas of computer science, data science and education. Will will review the basics of the language, discuss how it is used and taught and then spend the end of the day looking at some specialized uses such as video game creation and working with Minecraft.

Presenter: Lars Sorensen


Host: Kean University
Date: July 9 – August 3, 2018
Location: Kean Univ., Union, NJ and Online

Mobile CSP Professional Development 

Mobile CSP is one of the approved curricula for AP Computer Science Principles and uses MIT App Inventor as the programming platform. The workshop will be presented by a Mobile CSP master teacher.  Last year more than 3,600 students used the Mobile CSP course to prepare for the AP exam, and 78% of them passed the exam.
The Mobile CSP PD is a year-long program in which teachers are organized into small (10-12 person) cohorts led by a Master Teacher. It consists of completing a PD course plus a mentored PD experience during the school year. The cohorts may meet entirely online​ or in regional hybrid format​.
● PD Course:​ ​A PD course either online or at one of many sites throughout the U.S. The PD course is offered at different levels, including a week-long (50 hours) immersion option​ for experienced CS teachers and a multi-week (90-100 hours) extended PD​ for teachers new to CS.
● Mentored Academic Year Support​: This includes monthly webinars on CS topics, help with equipment setup and classroom issues, regular cohort hangouts, and personal mentoring and support from a master teacher.
 To learn more or complete an interest form please click the register button


Dates: July 15-20, 2018
Location: Indiana University Bloomington

We are excited to announce this year’s Tapestry Workshop which will be held in conjunction with the Pathfinders Summer InstituteJuly 15-20, 2018 in Bloomington, IN.

If you are interested in:

  • Attracting more and diverse students to your high school Computer Science classes
  • Influencing students, parents, colleagues, and administrators on the importance of your courses and the opportunities they provide
  • Engaging your students in the exciting and rewarding field of computing
Then you are invited to apply for the Tapestry Workshop 2018!
What is a Tapestry Workshop?
  • The goals of the workshop are to share strategies, research-based practices, and field-tested good ideas for teaching computer science in a way that reaches all students regardless of sex, race or ethnicity. 
Workshop participants will:
  • Explore activities for gaining the interest of all students
  • Interact with national experts on teaching and diversity practices
  • Meet university faculty desiring to serve as ambassadors to their schools
  • Form a network of like-minded people for ongoing discussion and development.

All tuition, airfare, room and board for teachers will be paid.
Tapestry alumni are encouraged to apply.

**Find out more information and submit your application**


Dates: July 23 – July 28
Location: Kean UniversityPlease email Mayra Bachrach with any questions

AP Computer Science Principles professional development workshop

Kean University is hosting an AP Computer Science Principles professional development workshop during July 23-28.   The workshop is based on the Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC), one of the College Board approved AP CS Principles curriculum developed at UC Berkeley and is funded through an NSF grant.  Participating teachers will receive a stipend of up to $500 plus travel and lodging expenses and Continuing Education credits for attending and completing the workshop.  Attending this PD is equivalent to attending an AP Institute.  There is a $75 registration fee.
If you are interested in attending please let us know and complete the application.  More information and the application can be found by clicking the register button. 


Dates: July 30 to August 3
Time: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: TCNJ in Ewing, NJ

Code.org 2018-19 Middle and High School Professional Learning at TCNJ

The Code.org Professional Learning Program has both in-person and online supports designed to prepare teachers before and during their first year teaching CS Principles or CS Discoveries.

Summer Workshop

  • Participants kick off the Professional Learning Program with a 5-day workshop
  • Explore the curriculum and learning tools, discuss classroom management and teaching strategies, and build a community of teachers.
  • With a focus on a customized experience, participants will develop skills while working in small groups to deepen their understanding of the materials.

Ongoing Support, throughout following academic year:  

  • Participants attend local, 1-day quarterly workshops hosted by Code.org Regional Partners

For more information or to sign up click the register button.

To see your CS PD event listed on this page, please email all relevant information to buildingcsnj@tcnj.edu

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