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Aman Yadav May 15
Hi , just popping in from the road! Aman Yadav, Professor in , director . Principal investigator on funded project to bring CS to elementary classrooms in . More info at
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Vicky Sedgwick May 15
A5: Some of my favorite PD is the chats! I always learn so much researching & helping to create questions for the chat. Spend some time looking through the archives at - lots to learn there!
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Todd Lash May 15
Q2: Math teachers are required to take years of math courses before they teach math. How much training do you feel should be required before teaching CS and why?
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Katie Rich May 15
A1. I think the most effective PDs have time for Ts to both participate in activities as learners and design activities for their students. We tried to provide both of those things in the PD, and our partner Ts seemed to benefit.
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Ashley Waring May 15
Q1: Summer’s coming and for many of us that means time to attend PD. What is the most effective Computer Science PD that you have attended or lead? What made it effective?
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Ashley Waring May 15
A4: When leading a PD, I like to poll the participants ahead of time so that I am able to differentiate to best serve their needs- Grouping, accelerated plan, scaffold plan.
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Ashley Waring May 15
Q5: We all learn better when PD is shared! What are your “go to” resources for CS PD? Any upcoming CS PD events that you recommend? If you provide CS PD, please share your resources.
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Sarah Judd May 15
I LOVE THIS QUESTION! Too often CS PD is "How to use this curriculum we built for you" which is different from "What is CS?" "Why teach it?" "How do we best teach it?" and "How do we grow with the times" all things I think important to a subject.
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Vicky Sedgwick May 15
If you're on the Twitter client you can go to and then if you click the tweet button it automatically adds the hashtag. If you're on TweetDeck, add a column for
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Sheena May 15
Yes CSTA conference is the best PD for any CS teacher - not just great sessions and workshops, time to meet so many other CS teachers. If you must do just one conference, pick this one !
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Todd Lash May 15
Interested in integrating math and CS/CT at the elementary level? Check out our Actions Fractions project!
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Sheena May 15
A3: It is important to give teachers more than just the immediate curriculum that they can use - they should also get plenty of PD time to develop a passion and deeper understanding of CS - for example lots of time to make fun projects that they want to make.
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Ashley Waring May 15
Q3: New CS teachers often use a specific curriculum or tool to teach CS. What kinds of PD should be offered to help teachers move beyond this and become more confident with CS content?
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Ashley Waring May 15
An archive of this chat will be posted in the CSTAK8 Facebook Group at Continue the conversation there or here on Twitter using the hashtag.
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Ashley Waring May 15
A3: This is where virtual CS educator communities and PLNs come in, like Connect with other educators to get support, find and attend virtual PD, and find resources with educators on the same level.
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Vicky Sedgwick May 15
Thank you for joining us tonight for the Professional Development for K-8 Teachers of Computer Science chat. Special thanks to our guest moderators and from
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Game Changineer May 15
A2: Instead of the number of years, I think math and CS Ts need to have sufficient amount of knowledge to identify common pitfalls and struggles students have with regard to the subject matter
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Todd Lash May 15
Absolutely! More work! Want to learn more abut what makes that work? Check out
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Todd Lash May 15
Q6: Outside of traditional Professional Development, what do you do to increase your CS skills?
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Todd Lash May 15
The most effective PD for CS that I have attended is one that was wanted by the staff and that engaged them at every turn... Took in their interest, their experience and how their wanted to show their leaning!
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