CS in Schools is a free industry-supported programme for secondary school teachers. It helps teachers learn how to successfully teach coding.
Learn more about the programme in this video:
Why do we exist?
Digital technology is compulsory in most states at most year levels in Australia. However, we’ve found that most schools struggle to teach digital technology. In particular, there’s a shortage of teachers who feel qualified to teach coding, and most successful coding classes are run outside of school hours. We believe that today’s teachers can effectively teach digital technology if they’re supported through in-class professional development.
What do we do to help?
To help schools and teachers, we put volunteer computing professionals in the classroom as partners, mentors, and coaches for school teachers. CS in Schools provides everything that’s needed: the volunteer, the lessons, assignments, and software. Our work with a school teacher is successful when they don’t need us anymore, that is, they feel confident and competent at teaching students to code.
What programmes do we offer?
Our flagship programme is a Year 7, ten week coding subject. In 2020, we will be working with 100 teachers across Australia to help them teach this subject to their students. If you’re interested in having CS in Schools at your school, there’s more information here. In 2020, we’re also piloting a new Year 8 subject with a few teachers who are returning to the programme.
What does it cost?
CS in Schools is free to schools or teachers. It is funded by generous donations.
If you’re interested in contributing, you can donate. CS in Schools is part of RMIT University, and RMIT University is a Deductible Gift Recipient. If you’re considering donating to support our work, please contact us.
How do I learn more?
If you’re a school or a teacher, start by visiting our schools page. If you’re a computing professional, and you’d like to help a teacher in the classroom, start by visiting our volunteers page. If you’d simply like to learn more, read our longer programme page or read about what’s been happening.