The Developing Critical Thinking: Computer Science Across Disciplines — Elementary Community of Practice, in collaboration with Amazon Future Engineer, aims to introduce computer science concepts to PreK–6 educators of all subject areas. Participants will learn to use computational thinking, a problem-solving approach that breaks down complex problems into manageable parts to support students’ metacognition and problem-solving skills. This Community of Practice will focus on the thinking processes of computer science applicable to elementary-aged students in all subject areas. All strategies, digital activities, and digital tools experienced in this Community of Practice can be leveraged in face-to-face, blended, or virtual learning environments.
This Community of Practice requires all participants to have their own device or laptop that can connect to the internet. Participants must bring an acceptable device, power cord, and earbuds/headphones with them to the session. If a district-issued device is being used, be sure to log in to the device on the district network before attending. Device software and preferred web browsers (Chrome or Firefox) need to be up to date.
Three-day summer virtual professional learning event featuring real-time interaction with facilitators and peers nationwide in both a Community of Practice and a session illustrating ways to extend learning throughout the school year, engage in productive planning, and ignite inspiration campuswide. Plus, time is provided before or after virtual learning for individuals to further reflect or for sites and districts to host their own activities.
Four 3-hour professional learning modules through a virtual platform using videoconferencing provide a high-paced, interactive, dynamic learning experience while modeling engaging and rigorous instruction. There will also be opportunities to engage in One-to-One Collaborative Coaching.