Welcome to our teacher professional development offerings.  Youth Code Jam is a TEA-approved provider of continuing professional education.

Upcoming

Registration opens soon for the following upcoming professional development workshops. If you are seeking computer science certification, coursework with specific application to the CS Certification 141 test (offered through August 2017) are noted with domain alignment.

June 3, 2017 | 10:30 am to 1:30 pm | Arduino in the classroom | Register Now

Location: San Antonio Area Foundation
Cost: Free
CPE: 2.5 hours of Continuing Professional Education hours (CPE credits)

Get your hands-on experience coding and wiring together projects with Arduino. This workshop, taught by computer and electrical engineer, Phil Westhart, will introduce the Arduino platform and basic electronics. Teachers will learn how to plan with and use Arduinos in the classroom. Teachers should bring laptops with the Arduino Development Environment downloaded (https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software). Following the workshop, Youth Code Jam will host an Arduino session with students, if teachers would like to stay and engage more. 2.5 CPE

July 11 – 12 | WeTeach_CS Certification Test Prep | Details and Registration

Location: St. Mary’s University
Cost: $120
CPE: 12 hours of Continuing Professional Education hours (CPE credits)

This two-day workshop is taught by WeTeach_CS for teachers interested in preparing to take the CS Certification test offered by the TEA. More details at the link above.

July 21, 2017 | 9 am to noon | Integrating web design across curriculum | Register Now

Location: San Antonio Area Foundation
Cost: Free
CPE: 2.5 hours of Continuing Professional Education hours (CPE credits)

At the end of this training, educators will be able to:

  • explain the basics of HTML, the language of the web
  • identify best practices for integrating HTML programming and computational thinking across core curriculum
  • learn tools and steps to build a website
  • review the pedagogy of teaching computer science in a blended classroom.
  • learn best practices for engaging diverse students in a manner that encourages persistence and best efforts
  • develop a lesson plan that builds coherently toward objectives based on expected student outcomes.

July 22, 2017 |  9 am to 3 pm | IT infrastructure and More (Domain I) | Register Now

Location: Hallmark University
Cost: Free
CPE: 4.5 hours of Continuing Professional Education hours (CPE credits)

Led by Todd Bruning, Director of the School of IT and Business at Hallmark University, and Rebecca Walker, Dean of Academics at Hallmark University, this workshop will cover technology terminology and concepts and the appropriate use of hardware, software, and digital files. This workshop is best for middle and high school teachers.

At the end of this training, educators will be able to:

  • use technology terminology and concepts
  • demonstrate knowledge of various types of networks and models for defining network standards and protocols
  • understand the appropriate use of hardware components, operating systems, software applications, and networking components
  • understand how to select, connect, and use a variety of input, output, and storage devices and peripherals
  • understand how to perform basic application functions and how to access, manage, and manipulate information from secondary storage devices

August 3-4, 2017 | 9 am to 4 pm both days | Learn pseudocode (Domain II) | Register Now

Location: St. Mary’s University
Cost: Free
CPE: 5.5 hours of Continuing Professional Education hours (CPE credits)

In this workshop taught by Dr. Carol Redfield, Computer Science Graduate Program Director at St. Mary’s University, educators will learn the pseudocode that is used on the CS teacher certification test and see how it is used for any programming language from representing data, conditional and repetition statements, functions, and list manipulation. This workshop is best for educators who already know a programming language.

At the end of this training, educators will:

  • understand and answer questions on the teacher certification test that use pseudocode to represent the programming concepts and language
  • understand the major concepts, key themes, multiple perspectives, assumptions, processes of inquiry, structure, and real-world applications of their grade-level and subject-area content
  • see both the key content knowledge and the key skills of the discipline

August 7, 2017 | 9 am to 4 pm | Software development (Domain III) | Register Now

Location: St. Mary’s University
Cost: Free
CPE: 5.5 hours of Continuing Professional Education hours (CPE credits)

In this workshop taught by Dr. Carol Redfield, Computer Science Graduate Program Director at St. Mary’s University, educators will learn more about software development, as presented on the CS teacher certification test. More details and learning objectives coming soon!