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Every 21st-century student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. The basics help nurture creativity and problem solving and prepare students for any future career. Why Computer Science? Find out more here!

Launched in 2013, Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available to more schools.  The vision is that every student in every school across Idaho should have the opportunity to learn computer science.  Idaho Digital Learning Alliance and Code.org have partnered to offer Idaho schools the opportunity for K-12 teachers to receive training and access to content and curriculum at no cost to the school districts.

Registration for Computer Science Fundamentals , Computer Science Discoveries and Computer Science Principles is now open. If your district or school plans to offer Computer Science courses, please encourage interested teachers to apply today!

Code.org’s Professional Learning Program is an intensive, year-long professional learning program for K12 educators who are interested in teaching Code.org’s courses. These programs are designed to prepare educators to provide high quality instruction based on the curriculum, tools and approach to students in their classrooms.

Computer Science Fundamentals (K-5)

Code.org has developed elementary school curriculum that allows even the youngest students to explore the limitless world of computing. Courses blend online, selfguided, and self-paced tutorials with “unplugged” classroom activities that require no computer.

Computer Science Fundamentals consists of six courses aligned to grades K-5. For students new to computer science, each course begins with a grade-appropriate entry point and structured ramp-up of concepts. The progression of the courses build upon each other to ensure continuing students stay interested and learn new things. Students create computer programs that will help them to learn to collaborate with others, develop problem-solving skills, and persist through difficult tasks. They will study programming concepts, computational thinking, digital citizenship, and develop interactive games they can share.

Candidates for this workshop are K-5 Educators that are new to teaching Computer Science Fundamentals who might still be questions teaching the class.

Register for CS Fundamentals

Still need more information? Go to Code.orgs CS Fundamentals webpage or contact Chris Conant at chris.conant@idla.k12.id.us

Computer Science Discoveries (Middle School)

Computer Science Discoveries (CS Discoveries) is an introductory computer science course that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium
for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. CS Discoveries fits naturally between Code.org’s CS Fundamentals course (for K-5th grade) and their AP/Honors CS Principles course (for high school). This allows districts, teachers, and students to complete a K-12 pathway of CS courses that build on each other and cohesively flow together.

Teachers implementing CS Discoveries as a semester or full-year course can apply to participate in a one-year professional learning program. The program involves:

  • Summer: Teachers attend a 5-day, conference style workshop designed to introduce CS concepts from provided and supported curriculum and core teaching practices.
  • School Year: Teachers continue with job-embedded workshops and online modules focused on supporting their first year of implementation.

Register to CS Discoveries

Still need more information? Go to Code.orgs CS Discoveries webpage or contact Mandee Rice at mandee.rice@idla.k12.id.us

Computer Science Principles (High School)

Computer Science Principles (CSP) is an introductory Advanced Placement (AP) course designed to broaden participation in computer science. Code.org is recognized by the
College Board as an endorsed provider of AP CSP curriculum and professional development. The course has been reviewed by the College Board and is pre-approved to pass the course audit
process. Code.org’s endorsed professional development upholds (and goes beyond) the standards of AP Summer Institutes. The official AP exam launched in the 2016-17 school year.

Code.org’s team designed the AP CSP curriculum to support students and teachers new to the discipline. The curriculum includes daily lesson plans made up of inquiry-based activities, videos, assessments and computing tools, allowing teachers to guide and learn alongside students as they discover core computing concepts.

One Year Professional Learning Program

  • Summer: Teachers attend a 5-day workshop designed to introduce the CS concepts from the curriculum, AP elements of the course, and core teaching practices.
  • School Year: Teachers continue with job-embedded workshops and online modules focused on supporting their first year of implementation.

Register for CS Principles

Still need more information? Go to Code.orgs CS Discoveries webpage or contact Mandee Rice at mandee.rice@idla.k12.id.us