Due to COVID-19, professional learning opportunities may be cancelled. OPI staff will make every attempt to keep the OPI Learning Opportunities current and accurate. Please see https://covid19.mt.gov/ for additional details impacting events.

Computer Science Professional Development for Montana High School Teachers

Note: Sessions will now take place virtually.

Workshops include:

  1. Mobile CSP — June 15-19, 2020
  2. Joy and Beauty of Computing (JBC) — June 15-19, 2020
  3. Python for Math & Science — June 23-25, 2020
  4. Game Programming — June 22-26, 2020
These workshops are supported by the Gianforte Family Foundation and are currently available to Montana state teachers only. If your registration is accepted, there is no additional fee for you to attend.

How to Enroll: Visit the University of Montana Registration Website

Computer Science in the Classroom: Joy and Beauty of Data (Jul. 21-26, 2019)

The 2-credit course is intended for 7-12th grade teachers who want to learn how to incorporate computational ideas in the classroom. Teachers who take the course will be introduced to the broad area of data science and will extend their knowledge of the Python programming language. High school teachers who complete the course may be eligible to teach CSCI 127, The Joy and Beauty of Data, as a dual enrollment course. The course builds upon the pre-requisite course, “Joy and Beauty of Computing.”

Support for Montana teachers is available. For more information and how to apply, please contact Diana Paterson, MSSE Associate Director.  See contact information below.

Code.org Computer Science Workshop for Middle and High School teachers

Code.org is sponsoring a computer science workshop for middle and high school teachers July 8-12, 2019, at Casper College in Casper, WY. There are two tracks depending on the grade: CS Discoveries for grades 6 to 10, and CS Principles for grades 9 to 12. The deadline to apply to eligible for a scholarship to attend is Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Visit the Code.org website for registration information and other details.

Joy and Beauty of Computing (JBC) and Mobile CSP

JBC (Joy and Beauty of Computing) offers students an overview of the world of computing, as well as a gentle introduction to computational thinking using the Python programming language. It examines the computing field and how it impacts the human condition, and introduces exciting ideas and influential people.

Mobile CSP is based on the College Board’s emerging Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles curriculum framework for introductory computer science. Students will learn computer science by building socially useful mobile apps. In addition to programming and computer science principles, the course is project-based and emphasizes writing, communication, collaboration, and creativity.  Details about the course curriculum can be found at mobilecsp.org.  Taught by Dr. John Paxton of MSU.

Taught by Dr. John Paxton of MSU.

Support for Montana teachers is available. For more information and how to apply, please contact Diana Paterson, MSSE Associate Director.  See contact information below.

Technology Education and Literacy in Schools Webinar

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Please join Allyson Knox, Microsoft’s Senior Director of Education Policy, and, Patrick O’Steen, Microsoft’s TEALS Pacific Northwest Lead on Thursday, March 14 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm Mountain Time for an informational webinar about the Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) program.  TEALS helps high schools throughout the US and British Columbia, Canada build and grow sustainable computer science programs. In its proven program, TEALS pairs trained computer science professionals from across the technology industry with classroom teachers to team-teach computer science. Industry volunteers and partner teachers create a ripple effect, impacting the students they teach, and the many students who will study CS in the future.

TEALS was founded in 2009 by former high school CS teacher and Microsoft engineer Kevin Wang, who now runs the program full time.

Webinar goals:

*             Increase awareness about the importance of computer science education

*             Highlight US and Montana K-12 computer science education progress

*             Provide TEALS program overview (goals, structure, timeline)

*             Facilitate discussion / Q&A

Join the web conference:

Audio will be streamed via your device speakers.

When entering the meeting, please ensure that your line is muted to help minimize excessive background noise.

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Technical Support:

Having trouble with the Teams Meeting feed on the day of the session?

Visit the Teams Troubleshooting page for help.

Participate in the Montana Hour of Code™

Computers are everywhere, changing every industry on the planet. But fewer than half of all US schools teach computer science. Good news is, we’re on our way to change this and more than half of Montana’s middle and high schools do offer a computer science course! If you’ve heard about the Hour of Code before, you might know it made history. More than 100 million students have tried an Hour of Code.

This year, let’s make it even bigger in Montana. I’m asking you to join a statewide Montana Hour of Code on December 3, 2018. All K-12 schools can choose activities that fit your interests and grade levels.

If you are already registered and planning an event, get the word out. If you haven’t, please try the Hour of Code yourself—everyone can benefit from learning the basics.  

Register your December 3 event and get started at http://hourofcode.com/us 

“The ‘Hour of Code™’ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week [csedweek.org] and Code.org [code.org] to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.”

Teachers Teaching Tech Free Computer Science Training

Teachers Teaching Tech (aka T3) is a partnership between America Campaign and Technology & Innovation in Education who were selected as Code.org Regional Partners to bring no cost computer science professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers to Montana teachers.

This five day training will provide free curriculum, housing and meals to interested 6-12 teachers. Middle school teachers will receive training in Code.org’s Computer Science Discoveries Course (6-10) and high school teachers will receive training in AP Computer Science Principles. (as well as AP accreditation and syllabus for the course.)

More details about these courses can be found can be found online here: www.teachersteachingtech.org

We are actively recruiting schools & teachers who would be interested in teaching the middle OR high school curriculum in the 2018-2019 year. Applicants can apply here: https://studio.code.org/pd/application/teacher

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis every two weeks until March 30, 2018. OPI and College Credit Available.