12 Computer Science Resources That Boost Summer Professional Learning

Partnerships Manager, Cognitive ToyBox

Professional learning—it rarely inspires excitement. But if it’s relevant, fun, and hands-on, professional learning opportunities can spark creativity and remind educators just why they started teaching in the first place. Below are some of my favorite articles, podcasts, books, and more around professional learning in computer science:





Twitter Edchats

  • #EthicalCS: Co-hosted by Ed Saber, a CS educator, and special educator Alana Robinson who is connected to #CS4ALLNYC. This edchat takes place on the last Wednesday of each month at 8 p.m. EST. Educators, computer scientists, and education policy experts come together to discuss how to make the field of CS more ethical.
  • #InfyEdChat: InfosysFoundationUSA invites education thought leaders to host these bi-monthly edchats. Topics range from “How to Start a Makerspace in the New School Year” to “Teaching CS Away From the Computer.” Here’s a guide to getting started with edchats if you haven’t tried it before!


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2 thoughts on “12 Computer Science Resources That Boost Summer Professional Learning

  1. It’s a little late for summer PD, but it’s definitely worth following CSTA for all the options there. As far as books, I think ‘Stuck in the Shallow End’ and ‘Mindstorms’ belong on shortlists for teaching CS, both for very different reasons.

  2. Michael-Thanks for sharing, and agree with both of your recommendations. I’ve seen first-hand how engaged kids get with Lego Mindstorms, and very much support physical computing. It’s never too late for PD!

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