Educators! Snag your spot in the 2019 CS Institute, powered by St. Anne’s-Belfield School and the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. This free two-day workshop gives K-12 educators easy, bite-size, accessible tools and ideas to bring computer science into lessons and activities. I know what you’re thinking – “I’m not qualified to teach computer science. I’m not an expert and would have no idea what to do.” I know because I used to think the same thing. I have zero formal computer science training, but I use CS principles and practices in my library almost every day. I know from experience: You can do it, and your students will thank you!
I’m excited to be presenting a workshop again at this year’s CS institute. Last year, I lead a Robot Petting Zoo to introduce teachers to the different educational robots commonly used in K-8 classrooms, with hands-on time to play and explore with these awesome tools. In my session this year, I’ll be sharing ways to combine picture books and computer science for little learners (perfect for pre-k all the way up). You might even see some familiar robots rolling around! CS does not always equal coding and algorithms – there are so many little ways to bring computational thinking and problem solving into your classroom.