I really enjoyed the professional development workshop. It helped me set up my class on course 1 and I cannot wait to have my students start coding. In order to make the workshop more engaging focus less on the background of computer science and more on how these courses can be applied to the classroom, maybe incorporate more hands on learning experiences.
It was great. I am super excited about the possibilities for my students. Even though we are NOT a 1:1 school like the venue in which the workshop was presented, I got lots of great ideas and strategies to work on now in my class. When the technology catches up to my kids, they'll be ready.
I began teaching coding in my summer academy classes and I completed the courses right along with the students! It really helped me understand coding and how it fits in with other curriculum. The workshop reinforced that learning and opened my eyes to the effectiveness of the unplugged activities. I was so jazzed after the workshop and hope that there will be more workshops to continue to expand on my knowledge and skill level and how I can use it with robotics, something new to our district.
Steven is an awesome facilitator! This is an amazing program, and I am also amazed at how the program has grown from 2 years ago. I once just fluffed off the "unplugged' activities in favor of my own. Now I am looking at the work that Code.Org has done. Good Stuff.
This workshop ranks with top trainings I have attended. I loved the interaction with other teachers in similar abilities and grade levels. The resources available in code.org are superior. The facilitator was amazing... Knowledgeable, intuitive, friendly, able to assist a variety of levels and backgrounds at the training. I will definitely be implementing in my classroom soon and I will also be recommending the training to colleagues and see if my district will host a training. Thank you very much for offering this for free. (Otherwise I wouldn't have been able to attend.) Thank you also for developing a curriculum that is so user friendly that even teachers with no CS background can implement!
Our facilitator (Steve Z.) was a perfect match for our group of type-A personalities! He kept us on task while allowing everyone "floor time" when they had something to add or needed additional clarification. The workshop felt a bit like playtime. I enjoyed every minute of the activities. I hope to be able to replicate this atmosphere in my classes on coding.
On Saturday February 13 I attended a workshop about CODE content and resources. This workshop was dedicated to introducing instructors to methods, resources, and the value of implementing a computer science component to their current curriculum. The value of critical thinking, logic, persistence, and creativity was something that was not just emphasized, but shown how it can be fostered using the CODE courses and resources. By way of introduction, the instructors were asked to complete some of the activities before attending the workshop. When the class began, everybody logged on to a community, real time, sharing page called “todaysmeet”. This was a fun feature that allowed us to correspond with each other, share ideas, and attempt to define related vocabulary in real time with the whole class. After going over some of the CODE basics, we worked on courses that were relevant to the grades we teach. Beyond learning about the CODE program and related terminology, this workshop allowed us to collaborate with other teachers about ideas for tech in the classroom, and computer science in general as it applies to the school curriculum. At first I assumed a comfortable grasp on the value of computer science, however after this workshop I am amazed at how beneficial implementing such a program can be for my students. Moreover, I learned how to weave CODE.org into my school day without sacrificing anything major. I am certain that my students will benefit from this program and they will get the chance to do so next class, as I am setting up a classroom and dashboard immediately.
I felt this was a fantastic workshop that inspired me to bring more computer science into my classroom. One of the best things I took away from the workshop was that I walked away feeling I can get started immediately. Steve Zanotti is a great presenters and made a difficult subject approachable and enjoyable.
I am current middle school teacher teaching one Exploring Computer Science Elective, I would love there to be more professional development. I have also adapted activities aligned to the unplugged activities in course 2 and 3. I will be looking into the blogs to contribute these resources. Thank for you providing the opportunity to attend this workshop!
Before this workshop, I really knew nothing about computer science--I thought only computer geeks and geniuses knew this stuff! Truthfully, I was very intimidated and didn't even participate in the hour of code due to this. I didn't think I would get anything, other than confusion and overwhelming feelings at today's workshop. Now, I not only feel like I understand, I am extremely motivated to begin Computer Science lessons in my Kinder classroom immediately and already have a lesson plan and path in mind. Thank you for this workshop!!!! And for not wasting my Saturday!!!!