Seven teacher workshops in Massachusetts gain ECEP support

      The Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) alliance is delighted to announce its support of a variety of professional development offerings for K-12 Massachusetts teachers this summer.

      ECEP surveyed Massachusetts computing teachers to understand their professional development needs, as well as the barriers that make participation difficult. In response, ECEP is supporting workshops across the state on a range of topics and in various formats, from seminars to full week hands-on workshops. ECEP also shared the survey results with professional development providers across the state to encourage the development of expanded and coordinated opportunities to help teachers prepare to teach computing.  A compilation of computing workshops for teachers across the state is gathered here: http://caite.cs.umass.edu/educators/professional_development.html

      Massachusetts workshops supported by ECEP, summer 2014:

      June 26, July 24, Aug. 14, Sep. 11
      How People Learn Computational Thinking Seminar
      Read and discuss influential papers in computer science education and learning research, with opportunities to reflect on your own teaching practices and experiences.
      University of Massachusetts Lowell
      Led by Fred Martin
      More information & registration

      June 30-July1 
      CS Unplugged
      Learn how to incorporate computing concepts and hands-on activities into your curriculum -- no computer required!
      Worcester State University
      Led by Aparna Mahadev and Karl Wurst
      More information & registration

      July 14-18
      LEGO Robotics for Educators
      Work hands-on with LEGO Mindstorms EV3 programming and robotics education planning. 
      Worcester Polytechnic Inst. STEM Educ. Center
      More information & registration

      July 28 - Aug. 1
      App Inventor 2 Boot Camp
      Build your own apps with MIT App Inventor 2, and explore how to integrate app programming and computing into STEM curricula.
      Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, Holyoke
      Led by Mark Sherman, University of Massachusetts Lowell.
      More information & registration

      Aug. 4-8
      VEX Robotics for Educators
      Experience VEX robot building and programming using Easy C software, and discuss classroom scenarios. 
      Worcester Polytechnic Inst. STEM Educ. Center
      More information & registration

      Aug. 13
      Artbotics with LEGO Mindstorms
      Discover this outreach platform for exposing students to computer science through art and robotics. 
      Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, Holyoke
      Led by Adam Norton and Holly Yanco, University of Massachusetts Lowell
      More information & registration

      Aug. 15
      FIRST LEGO League Coaches Connect
      Join educators, parents, and leaders of youth-serving organizations who want to organize and coach a robotics program for 9-14 year olds. 
      Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, Holyoke
      Led by Karen Sullivan, FIRST representative
      More information & registration