Engage Students With Computer Science
The importance of computer science cannot be understated. The discipline will inevitably play a vital role in the future careers of students, and the earlier that students are introduced to computer science learning pathways, the better. At mindSpark Learning, we’re driven by making computer science learning as accessible as possible.
Any of the learning offered under the “mindSpark Learning’s Offerings” tab, qualifies as computer science professional learning opportunities that can be applied to the CDE Computer Science Teacher Education (CSEd) Grant Program.
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Our Computer Science Offerings
Although a lot of our computer science work is offered because of our partnership with Code.org, we have also partnered with the Gill Foundation to offer some standalone computer science professional learning for educators. We also offer some of our options. Learn more below.
We also offer fully customizable computer science professional learning experiences. Click on the button below if you are interested in something more customizable.
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Why Computer Science
Computer science drives job growth and innovation throughout our economy and society. Computing occupations are the number 1 source of all new wages in the U.S. and make up two-thirds of all projected new jobs in STEM fields, making Computer Science one of the most in-demand college degrees.
And computing is used all around us and in virtually every field. In other words, it’s foundational knowledge that all students need. Unfortunately, computer science is marginalized throughout education.
Fewer than half of U.S. schools offer any computer science courses and only 8% of STEM graduates study it. We need to improve access for all students, including groups who have traditionally been underrepresented.
Code.org Regional Partner
As the Code.org regional partner in Colorado we’re proud to support the initiative of increased awareness around computer science, and the creation of sustainable computer science learning pathways for educators and their students.
We are of course able to do this with support from Code.org, as well as other industry leaders that directly connect computer science education with authentic scenarios based around computer science skills.
You can also read more about our offerings through Code.org, and get involved by clicking on any of the buttons below
Each learning opportunity is explained in further detail below
Code.org Computer Science Fundamentals
This workshop provides an introduction to computer science, pedagogy, overview of the online code.org curriculum, teacher dashboard, and strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities. The workshop will prepare you to teach the Code Studio courses for grades K-5.
Code.org Computer Science Discoveries
This workshop provides high-quality professional development from an experienced computer science facilitator, and is designed for educators teaching a semester or full-year middle school computer science course. It offers year-round support, and the program kicks off with a 5-day free summer workshop.
Code.org Computer Science Principles
This workshop provides high-quality professional development from an experienced computer science facilitator designed for educators teaching a semester or full-year high school computer science course. It offers year-round support, and the program kicks off with a 5-day free summer workshop.
We're Excited to Partner with Wonder Workshop
According to the Bureau of Labor & Statistics, in 2018 the U.S. is expected to produce only 29% of the required number of graduates to fill the 1.4 million U.S. computer specialty job openings that are forecast. Future jobs outside of computer science are also going to require computational and problem-solving skills that are developed when kids learn to code.
This is just one of the many reasons mindSpark Learning is excited to partner with Wonder Workshop to bring you the Teach Wonder Professional Learning Program. This online professional development course helps educators establish a working knowledge of computer science with 12-hours of direct instruction, meaningful activities and programmable robots. You can save $325-$350 when you register for the Teach Wonder program using a discount code we provide.
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With two courses, Teach Wonder meets the needs of both elementary and middle school teachers looking for the knowledge and skills they need to teach these 21st-century skills.
Introduction to Coding and Robotics with Dash & Dot is designed for elementary school teachers.
Introduction to Coding and Robotics with Cue is designed for middle school teachers.
In Partnership with Wonder Workshop