Google CS First PD

CS First is Google’s free ready-to-teach introductory computer science (CS) curriculum for elementary and middle school students ages 9-14. Students follow step-by-step instructional videos that introduce fundamental computer science concepts and build computer programs using Scratch, a block-based programming language. CodeVA currently offers two different Professional Development Workshops to get you going with CS First in the Classroom.

 

Getting Started With Google CS First

Platform: In person or Virtual

Duration: 3 hours or 90 min

In this hands-on professional development workshop, teachers will learn how to use CS First, Google’s free ready-to-teach introductory computer science (CS) curriculum for elementary and middle school students. Students follow step-by-step instructional videos that introduce fundamental computer science concepts and build computer programs using Scratch, a block-based programming language.

During the workshop, teachers will learn about the importance of CS for all students and their role in creating a learning environment that fosters creative problem solving through peer-to-peer learning. Teachers will get a chance to learn about the free lesson plans, solution sheets and other educator enrichment resources included in the curriculum. At the end of the workshop, teachers will walk away with a plan of action and strategies for starting to teach CS First and a connection to the growing community of CS First teachers.

 

CS First Subject Integration

Platform: In person

Duration: 3 hours

In this hands-on professional development workshop, teachers will consider ways to integrate computer science into various subjects using CS First. The workshop is tailored for teachers with a basic understanding of the CS First curriculum and will explore integration approaches for English Language Arts (ELA), Math, and Science. Teachers will be given the opportunity to work with:

  • Sample lesson plans integrating Storytelling + ELA, Art + Math, and Game Design + Engineering, as well as a lesson plan template that can be customized by teachers
  • Rubrics focused on CS/Computational Thinking learning objectives
  • Standards resources aligning CS First to NGSS and Common Core

 

Register for Upcoming Online and In Person Sessions Below: