Computer Science and Computing Professional Development

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Office of Computer Science is pleased to announce the 2021 Summer Professional Development Schedule.

The Arkansas Computer Science Specialists http://bit.ly/CSforARSpecialists will deliver the following professional development offerings online:

A list of scheduled offerings with registration information is available at: http://bit.ly/ARCSPD

 

K-4 Introduction to Computer Science

Target Audience: All K-4 Educators   Length of PD: 2 days (12 hours)   

Maximum 20

Facilitator: Computer Science Specialists

Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

A Zoom-capable Laptop or Chromebook is required for this PD session   

Description: Are you new to computer science and/or looking for embedded activities? Join us for this entry level two day training that focuses on the integration of computer science into the K-4 classroom. Actively participate in the exploration of coding tools, unplugged activities, and online coding resources to make connections between STEM, Literacy, and Computer Science. Join other teachers, leaders, and curriculum coordinators to engage in meaningful learning activities. Leave with resources including lesson ideas, projects, and a better understanding of how you can be an influential part of the Computer Science Initiative. Note: To further develop your CS concept knowledge join the Deep Dive Into the K-4 Computer Science Concepts Professional Development.

 

K-4 Deeper Dive Into Computer Science

Target Audience: All K-4 Educators   Length of PD: 2 day (12 hours)

Maximum 20

Facilitator: Computer Science Specialists

Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

A Zoom-capable Laptop or Chromebook is required for this PD sessionk   

Description: Are you ready to further develop your computer science content knowledge? This two day training puts participants on the path to better understand the K-4 Computer Science Standards. Come join us and actively participate in gaining a deeper understanding of various computer science concepts (e.g., computational thinking, data, data representation, and introductory-level, block-based coding) that will lead to a more concrete understanding of computer science in general and strengthen the participant’s ability to integrate those computer science concepts into the classroom.

Note: Participants are expected to have entry level CS knowledge such as that presented in the Introduction to Computer Science Professional Development. 

 

5-8 Introduction to Computer Science 

Target Audience: All 5-8 Educators   Length of PD: 2 days (12 hours)

Maximum 20

Facilitator: Computer Science Specialists

Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

A Zoom-capable Laptop or Chromebook is required for this PD session  

Description: Are you new to computer science and/or looking for embedded activities? This entry level two day training focuses on the integration of computer science into the 5-8 classroom. Actively participate in the exploration of coding tools, unplugged activities, and online coding resources to make connections between STEM, Literacy, Music, and Computer Science. Join other teachers, leaders, and curriculum coordinators to engage in meaningful learning activities. Leave with resources including lesson ideas, projects, and a better understanding of how you can be an influential part of the Computer Science Initiative. Are you a superstar? Need even more? Join us for a code-heavy round 2 with our 5-8 Deeper Dive. Also, we encourage you to also consider joining the Coding Block Professional Development, where we will focus solely on text-based coding. 

 

5-8 Deeper Dive into Computer Science 

Target Audience: All 5-8 Educators   Length of PD: 2 days (12 hours)

Maximum 20

Facilitator: Computer Science Specialists

Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

A Zoom-capable Laptop or Chromebook is required for this PD session  

Description: Ready to level-up your coding skills? The 5-8 Deeper Dive training will provide activities and resources that will focus on both block-based and text-based coding, while also providing cybersecurity training to meet the new CS Standards. Participants will utilize code to create various music, art, math, science, PE, and geography projects. We will explore coding for Micro:bits (using an online simulator), Turtlestitch, and Scratch to create advanced projects. Though not mandatory, we recommend participants have taken the 5-8 Introduction before the session starts. Are you looking for more text-based coding? Consider joining the Coding Block Professional Development.

 

Arkansas K-8 CS Lead Teacher Bonus Program

Target Audience: All K-8 Educators   Length of PD: 5 days (30 hours)   

Maximum 20

Facilitator: Computer Science Specialists

Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Commissioner’s Memo: https://adecm.ade.arkansas.gov/ViewApprovedMemo.aspx?Id=4663 

A Zoom-capable Laptop or Chromebook is required for this PD session

Description: Share your excitement and enthusiasm for computer science by being a lead teacher within your district. This five day (30 hours) professional development is mandatory for educators interested in the Arkansas Department of Education K-8 Lead Teacher Training and Bonus program. Bonuses under this program are only made available to Arkansas educators who attend and complete the required 5-day (30-hour) K-8 Computer Science Lead Teacher Training sessions approved by the ADE Office of Computer Science; score at or above the state board approved cut score on the Praxis 5652 exam; and

add the 528 Computer Science Endorsement on their Arkansas Educator's License.  

Interested in adding the 528 Computer Science Certification to your license? Consider joining the High School Computer Science and Certification Preparation Professional Development. Register here

 

Coding Block

Target Audience: Any 7th or 8th-grade educator interested in teaching the coding block 

Length of PD: 2 days (12 hours)    

Maximum 20

Facilitator: Computer Science Specialists

Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

A Zoom-capable Laptop or Chromebook is required for this PD session

Description: Do you need to learn the concepts behind the coding block and explore a professional, beginner-friendly, text-based programming language that can be used in the coding block? This training puts you on the path to better understand the coding block standards and become more proficient in a text-based programming language. Content and activities are geared towards increasing your knowledge of programming to aid in teaching the coding block. Note: If you are interested in additional activities, projects and resources consider joining us for the Coding Block Resources PD. 

 

Coding Block Resources

Target Audience: Any 7th or 8th grade educator interested in teaching the coding block 

Length of PD: 2 days (12 hours)    

Maximum 20

Facilitator: Computer Science Specialists

Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

A Zoom-capable Laptop or Chromebook is required for this PD session

Description: You have been asked to teach the coding block. Do you need resources and projects to teach the standards? This two day training will help coding block teachers go above the code and find activities, resources, and projects that will make the coding block exciting and fun. Note: If you need the basics of coding we strongly encourage you to also consider joining us for the Coding Block Professional Development. 

 

High School Computer Science and Certification Preparation

Target Audience: High School Teachers   Length of PD: 5 days (30 hours)

Maximum 20

Facilitator: Computer Science Specialists

Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Commissioner’s Memo: https://adecm.ade.arkansas.gov/ViewApprovedMemo.aspx?Id=4661

A Zoom-capable Laptop or Chromebook is required for this PD session

Description: Don’t know where to begin or need help getting 528 certified? The purpose of this training is to help narrow down and focus your studies on important concepts while also giving you a basic understanding of various computer science principles. This session is to prepare Arkansas educators planning to teach high school computer science and needing assistance passing the Computer Science (CS) Praxis Exam 5652. Participants will review Arkansas 9-12 Computer Science course codes, CS Standards, CS Fact Sheet, Curriculum Resources, and Prep Material to be used for passing the Computer Science Praxis. Participants will need to spend time outside of the training prior to taking the Praxis Exam. Note: If you are interested in a deeper understanding of Java, Python, Networking, or Cyber Security we strongly encourage you to consider joining us for one or more of Advanced PDs. Registration information can be found here.

Advanced Cybersecurity - High School CS Professional Development

Target Audience: Any 9-12 teacher who is interested in guiding students through advanced material
Length of PD: 3 days

Maximum Participants: 20  

Facilitator: Computer Science Specialists

Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Commissioner’s Memo: https://adecm.ade.arkansas.gov/ViewApprovedMemo.aspx?Id=4662

Required Technology: Computer running Virtualbox and as many specific cybersecurity questions as you can think to ask

Description:  This 3-day workshop is for those who hold the 528 Computer Science Teacher Certification, 5014 or 5016 Computer Science Approval Code, or IT staff that have a fundamental understanding of computer science concepts. Participants will be introduced to security concepts as well as methods to help teach those concepts. Topics covered will include, but are not limited to, a survey of Linux and Python, Threat Concepts and Hacker Methodologies, Classic Information Security concepts,  Ethics and Legal considerations, Introduction to Exploitation techniques, a survey of Digital Forensics and Incident Response tactics and techniques, Introduction to Network Forensics, as well as Physical Security. 

Here you will find a series of tutorials to help get you comfortable with cybersecurity and networking concepts and topics. -> Evergreen - Advanced Cyber and Networking Pregame Resources 

 

Advanced Python Programming - High School CS Professional Development

Target Audience: Any 9-12 teacher who is interested in guiding students through advanced material
Length of PD: 3 days

Maximum Participants: 20  

Facilitator: Computer Science Specialists

Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Commissioner’s Memo: https://adecm.ade.arkansas.gov/ViewApprovedMemo.aspx?Id=4662

A Zoom-capable Laptop or Chromebook is required for this PD session. However a device with the capabilities of installing software may be beneficial. 

Description:  This 3-day workshop is for those who hold the 528 Computer Science Teacher Certification, 5016 Computer Science Approval Code, or 5014 Computer Science Approval Code and have a fundamental understanding of computer programming. Participants will be introduced to the syntax of the Python 3 language. Topics covered will include, but not limited to, turtle graphics, object-oriented programming, file input/output, event programming, and exception handling. 

 

Advanced Java Programming - High School CS Professional Development

Target Audience: Any 9-12 teacher who is interested in guiding students through advanced material
Length of PD: 3 days

Maximum Participants: 20  

Facilitator: Computer Science Specialists

Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Commissioner’s Memo: https://adecm.ade.arkansas.gov/ViewApprovedMemo.aspx?Id=4662

A Zoom-capable Laptop or Chromebook is required for this PD session

Description: This 3-day workshop is for those who hold the 528 Computer Science Teacher Certification, 5016 Computer Science Approval Code, or 5014 Computer Science Approval Code and have a fundamental understanding of computer programming. This workshop covers topics relevant to Computer Science Level 3 & 4 as well as Advanced Placement Computer Science A. Participants will gain a better understanding of object-oriented programming including encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism. 

 

Advanced Networking/Hardware - High School CS Professional Development

Target Audience: Any 9-12 teacher who is interested in guiding students through the advanced material.

Length of PD: 3 days

Maximum Participants: 20  

Facilitator: Computer Science Specialists

Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm   

Commissioner’s Memo: https://adecm.ade.arkansas.gov/ViewApprovedMemo.aspx?Id=4662

Required Technology: Computer running Virtualbox.

Description:  This 3-day workshop is for those who hold the 528 Computer Science Teacher Certification, 5016 Computer Science Approval Code, or 5014 Computer Science Approval Code and are comfortable with using computers. This workshop will begin with a brief refresher on the basics of TCP/IP configuration, i.e. IP addresses, subnet masks, default gateways and what these terms represent. Following this introduction, attendees will be presented with theAd basics of network protocols and packet capture. The workshop will cover the OSI model, particularly the operation of Layer 2 network technologies including switches, Ethernet, and VLANs, before moving on to Layer 3, routing, and the fundamentals of WAN technologies such as Frame-Relay, ATM, PPP, and Ethernet on WANs. The operation of popular network services such as DHCP, DNS, and application layer protocols such as HTTP will be presented in-depth. Here you will find a series of tutorials to help get you comfortable with cybersecurity and networking concepts and topics. -> Evergreen - Advanced Cyber and Networking Pregame Resources 

 

Administrators Supporting Computer Science Education in Their Schools

Target Audience: Counselors, Building Level Administrators, District Level Curriculum
Available on Arkansas IDEAS   Course Information: Technology -  Course ID TCC18067

Description:  Overview of the Arkansas Computer Science Initiative. Anthony Owen, State Director of Computer Science Education, and panel members, Russellville Superintendent Dr. Mark Gotcher, Lake Hamilton 8-12 Computer Science Teacher Karma Turner, and Bryant K-12 Science Specialist Greg Wertenberger discuss the need for an appropriate computer science education. They explain the responsibilities of districts, schools, and teacher licensure requirements, discussing the opportunities presented by the CS Flex Credit and Completer Pathways. Diversity in computer science is a key area for growth in our state and across the nation, and the panel shares information regarding the wealth of resources available to help build a strong, diverse computer science program.


 

 

For more information, please contact:

Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
501-682-0459
 
State Director of Computer Science Education
501-682-0459
 
Lead Computer Science Specialist
501-682-5169
 
Office of Computer Science Program Advisor
501-682-5246
Office of Computer Science Policy Development Coordinator
501-682-0459