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Computer Science and Making


Learningtech.org offers professional development [PD] and consultation for Computer Science [CS] and Making. We have been delivering out-of-school enrichment in these areas for nearly two decades. We have previously provided CS, Robotics, Making, and other offerings at San Mateo County of Education; we have provided Educational Technology PD in the lower ninth ward of post-Katrina New Orleans; we have provided courses from time to time at Foothill College; and we have provided in-class teacher support and curriculum development at schools in coastal San Mateo County for several years. We want to share what we have learned through these years of experience with a broad audience of educators.


Sample topics include:

We appreciate that every district is unique; and educators each have unique backgrounds and goals. We also realize that isolated professional development as an event does not usually create lasting change. Our subject matter experts will collaborate with your in-house leaders to:

Since funding can be a hurdle, please consider partnering with us to seek grants. Foundations favor proposals demonstrating collaboration between districts and nonprofit service providers.

For more information, please don't hesitate to contact us!



Previous Offerings


The following information is from previous offerings.

K-12 Teachers

Computer Science Cohort IV: Saturdays 4/23 and 4/30 from 8:30-3:30
We are proud to announce the continuation of our popular, ongoing series to teach Computer Science and Computational Thinking in the classroom. Participants will work in two separate groups (K-5 and 6-8). Light breakfast and lunch served.

Elementary School (K-5)
The emphasis will be on introducing computational thinking concepts using resources available from Code.org and Scratch. The Hour of Code activities have demonstrated that elementary students show a high level of engagement and enthusiasm in these activities. Participants will work in small teams to try out activities. Group discussion will focus on highlighting important concepts embedded in these activities.

Middle School (6-8)
The emphasis will be on teaching a Computer Science curriculum. A model curriculum will be provided that draws on several different resources (Code.org, Khan Academy and Scratch). The use of text coding (Python, NetLogo) and Unplugged.org activities will also be examined. Participants will explore selected activities from the curriculum in small teams.

REGISTER HERE: https://sanmateo.k12oms.org/1404-110168
$200 Stipend for two days of participation
1-3 Teachers

Cubelets (Modular Robotics)/Lego WeDo: Saturday, 3/5 from 8:30-3:30
This professional learning experience is geared toward Grades 1-3 teachers and K-5 Math and Science TOSA's. Learn how to incorporate robotics into your classroom instruction. Help your students improve their computational thinking and coding skills with these easy-to-learn and fun modular robotics kits. Borrow a class set from the SMCOE when you are ready to bring them into your classroom! Light breakfast and lunch served.

REGISTER HERE: https://sanmateo.k12oms.org/1404-110141
$100 Stipend

Thymio (Programmable Robot)/Lego Mindstorms (EV3): Saturday, 2/27 from 8:30-3:30
This professional learning experience is geared toward Grades 4-8 teachers and K-8 Math and Science TOSA's. Learn how to incorporate robotics into your classroom instruction. Help your students improve their computational thinking and coding skills with these easy-to-learn and fun robotics kits. Borrow a class set from the SMCOE when you are ready to bring them into your classroom! Light breakfast and lunch served.

REGISTER HERE: https://sanmateo.k12oms.org/1404-110111
$100 Stipend
4-12 Teachers:

Arduino/Raspberry Pi: Saturday, 5/7 from 8:30-3:30
This professional learning experience is geared toward grades 4-12 teachers. Learn the basics about the very popular and versatile Arduino circuit boards and Raspberry Pi microprocessors and how to use them as a jumping off point for the myriad of projects that students could do to enhance their own learning. Light breakfast and lunch served.

REGISTER HERE: https://sanmateo.k12oms.org/1404-110145
$100 Stipend
6-8 Teachers:

StarLogo Nova/SciSim: Saturdays, 6/4 and 6/11 from 8:30-3:30
This professional learning experience is geared toward Grades 6-8 teachers and K-8 Science TOSA's. Go deeper with the NGSS Science and Engineering Practice of Developing and Using Models by teaching your students how to create their own models and simulations using the free, online programming environment called StarLogo Nova. Light breakfast and lunch served.

REGISTER HERE: https://sanmateo.k12oms.org/1404-110164
$200 Stipend for two days of participation