Training Workshop

CS in Schools provides a free two-day training workshop to all volunteers and teachers that have been accepted to participate in CS in Schools.

The workshop is designed to be fun and engaging, and is aimed to help everyone have the best experience in the CS in Schools programme. You’ll get to meet volunteers, teachers, and the CS in Schools team — it’s a great opportunity to network with inspiring people.

Overall, the workshop is designed so that:

  • Volunteer computing professionals have the opportunity to meet teachers, and vice-versa
  • Everyone gains an understanding of the CS in Schools materials, and how they can be effectively used in the classroom
  • Volunteers have an opportunity to understand what it’s like to be in a school classroom, and hear best practices for assisting in the classroom from experienced educators
  • Teachers have an opportunity to practice coding in the same environment that’s used in the classes
  • Volunteers have an opportunity to practice explaining a coding concept to an audience and receive feedback
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The volunteers graduating from our workshop in 2019.

Is it compulsory?

For new volunteers and teachers that have been accepted into the programme, yes.

For returning volunteers, it is optional. We recommend you watch our soon-to-be-available overview of the teaching materials; this is particularly important if you are volunteering in a new year level. We will be in touch with you by email.

For returning teachers who are teaching again at the same year level, we don’t recommend attending the workshop (but you’re always welcome).

For returning teachers who are teaching at a new year level, you should attend only the second day of the workshop. This is focused on helping you understand the new materials in a supported intensive lab workshop. Please scroll down to learn more about the workshop structure.

When and where is the workshop?

It is on Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December, 2019. On both days, we will start at 8:30am sharp and finish before 5pm. New volunteers and teachers need to attend both days (see the section above for details for returning volunteers and teachers).

The workshop is at Toorak College in Mount Eliza (Toorak College is not in Toorak). The address is: Toorak College, 73-93 Old Mornington Rd, Mount Eliza VIC 3930.

What if I can’t make the workshop?

We ask that you have a great reason to not attend the workshop. We ask that you try hard to make it as scheduled — it puts additional burden on our volunteer team to run catch up sessions.

If you really can’t make it, we will have a catch up session for you to get ready for CS in Schools. We still want you to be part of the programme.

It’s likely this additional session will require watching videos of the presentations from the first day of the main workshop, and attending a one day workshop on another date (likely in January).

We will confirm the details in late November 2019.

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Mount Erin College teacher Sam Webster explaining coding to his students. Sam was supported by volunteer software engineer Jack Jordan from SEEK.

What does the workshop cover for teachers?

The workshop is an introduction to CS in Schools, and aims to help you get the most from participating in the programme.

For teachers who are new to the programme and teaching our Year 7 materials, the topics covered include:

  • An overview of CS in Schools, including our vision and strategy, the structure of the workshop, admin tasks you need to do to get started, and learning about your current level of experience
  • The life of a computing professional, helping you understand what careers are available in software engineering and also the background of your volunteer
  • An introduction to the Year 7 CS in Schools materials. This covers an introduction to coding, the curriculum, and resources including Slack
  • The repl.it online development environment. We use this in the classroom for Python coding, and it is the key tool for students, volunteers, and teachers
  • The optional RMIT University microcredential, what it covers, and the optional assessment activities
  • Best practices for working with a volunteer computing professional, including how to give and receive feedback
  • Coding lab session with 1:1 support from a computing professional
  • How to get the most out of CS in Schools, and how to engage with us when something goes wrong

For returning teachers who are teaching in the Year 8 programme, we offer a short one day workshop covering:

  • An introduction to the Year 8 CS in Schools materials. This covers an introduction to the new coding concepts, the curriculum, and resources including Slack
  • Coding lab session with 1:1 support from a computing professional, covering the new materials including working with Edison robots
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Volunteer software engineer Nancy Do from SEEK in the classroom at Toorak College, where she supported teachers Phil Carew and Stuart Bush.

What does the workshop cover for volunteers?

The workshop is an introduction to CS in Schools, and aims to help you get the most from participating in the programme.

For volunteers who are new to the programme, the topics covered include:

  • An overview of CS in Schools, including our vision and strategy, the structure of the workshop, and admin tasks you need to do to get started
  • An introduction to schools and students from an experienced school Principal and teacher
  • How to successfully present concepts in the classroom, including how to take our materials and make them work for you and your teacher partner
  • An introduction to the Year 7 CS in Schools materials. This covers a curriculum tour, tips on explaining coding to teachers and students, our Slack environment, and other tools
  • The repl.it online development environment. We use this in the classroom for Python coding, and it is the key tool for students, volunteers, and teachers
  • Practice presentation session, where you’ll get feedback from a group of experienced teachers
  • Coding lab session where you’ll practice supporting a teacher 1:1
  • How to get the most out of CS in Schools, and how to engage with us when something goes wrong

I’m not a volunteer or teacher in CS in Schools, can I come?

It costs time and money to run the workshop. We don’t (yet) offer it to people who aren’t affiliated with the programme. In some cases, we invite teachers from schools that we work with but who aren’t yet participating in the programme.

If you’re not yet involved in CS in Schools, please apply to join: volunteers can learn more here and teachers and schools can learn more here. We’d love to have you!