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. Our next workshop will be in November, 2020 in preparation for the 2021 intake.

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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Participants at the November 2019 CS in Schools workshop at Toorak College

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?

We will likely run two or three workshops between the end of November, 2020 and the beginning of February 2021. We will aim to run workshops in the capital city of each state where the programme is running in 2021.

What if I can’t make the workshops?

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

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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CS in Schools teachers and volunteers learning about Edison robots for our Year 8 programme

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
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Teachers practicing their coding skills for the CS in Schools Year 7 programme

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!