Computer Science Toolkit

Staff Development Guides

Staff development guides are designed for coaches and trainers to use when providing professional development to frontline staff or volunteers. These downloadable step-by-step professional development guides include agendas, social and experiential learning activities, video-based learning modules, supporting documents, and handouts. Visit About Staff Development Guides to learn more about using these guides.

Staff Development Guide

Careers with Code

Participants will explore the resources "Careers with Code" and develop ways to incorporate it in their programs to create awareness of the importance of computer science with youth.

Strategy: Supporting Youth Development Through STEM

Skill: Making Connections to STEM Careers

Situation: Meeting (small group)

Length: 30 minutes

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Staff Development Guide

Computer Science: It's Easier Than You Think

Participants will explore what computer science is, why it is important for youth in their program, and how they can successfully teach computer science.

Strategy: Developing STEM Practices & Mindset

Skill: Modeling Engineering Practices

Situation: Training (large group)

Length: 155 minutes

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Staff Development Guide

Organizing Computer Science Activities

Participants will discuss challenges and develop strategies for organizing materials and managing computer science activities.

Strategy: Preparing for Success in STEM

Skill: Preparing STEM Learning Opportunities

Situation: Meeting (small group)

Length: 30 minutes

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Staff Development Guide

You're a Computational Thinker

Participants will learn how they are computational thinkers, how these practices fit into other activities, and how to develop computational thinking practices with youth.

Strategy: Supporting Youth Development through STEM

Skill: Developing a STEM Identity

Situation: Training (large group)

Length: 120 minutes

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Staff Development Guide

Tinkering

Participants will learn how to prepare for tinkering in computer science experiences that engage youth in directing their own learning.

Strategy: Supporting Youth Development Through STEM

Skill: Giving Youth Control

Situation: Meeting (small group)

Length: 35 minutes

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Staff Development Guide

Break It Down

Participants will learn how breaking problems into smaller, manageable parts is key to computational thinking and building this skill.

Strategy: Developing STEM Practices & Mindset

Skill: Enabling Active STEM Learning

Situation: Training (large group)

Length: 120 minutes

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Video-Based Learning Modules

Click2Science video-based learning modules are professional development resources that include skill videos and reflection questions. Learning modules are incorporated into staff development guides, and are intended to be used as part of facilitated professional development session to fuel discussion and reflection. Click2Science video-based learning modules feature frontline staff and volunteers from a variety of skill levels and backgrounds in various out-of-school time programs. They are not intended to represent best practices or define the only way to facilitate STEM.

Video-Based Learning Module

Computer Science: It's Easier Than You Think

Several professionals that work in computer science are facilitating an Hour of Code event to show students coding, making connections to careers in computer science and help students learn problem-solving skills.

Strategy: Developing STEM Practices & Mindset

Skill: Modeling Engineering Practices

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Video-Based Learning Module

You're a Computational Thinker

Dagen helps students develop a STEM identity while teaching computational thinking.

Strategy: Supporting Youth Development Through STEM

Skill: Developing a STEM Identity

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Video-Based Learning Module

Break It Down

Dagen enables active STEM learning with youth while doing an activity about computational thinking.

Strategy: Developing STEM Practices & Mindset

Skill: Enabling Active STEM Learning

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On-Demand Webinars

Click2Science hosts virtual professional development webinars each month focused on STEM, best practices for professional development and other issues relevant to OST programs. The recorded, on-demand webinars below are selected to Computer Science programming. Visit our Webinar page to find more on-demand webinars or to register for an upcoming webinar.

On-Demand Webinar

Computational Thinking in Afterschool

Have you ever heard a participant in your program say, “I am a computational thinker?“ Perhaps not, but after this webinar, you may hear it. Computational thinking builds on other problem-solving strategies to help youth prepare for their future. Learn how to develop a computationally rich environment in afterschool – with or without computers.

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Preparing for the 2019 4-H NYSD Challenge

Computer Science (CS) can be a game-changer for young people when they learn to be creators, not just consumers of technology. The 2019 National Youth Science Day (NYSD) challenge, Game Changers. Designed by Google and West Virginia Extension service, Game Changers uses physical activity and puzzles to teach kids important CS concepts. This free resource that engages young people ages 8-14 is perfect for afterschool programs. Youth will use CS to create games, solve problems and engage with topics they’re passionate about. This webinar will help staff develop confidence in leading active, engaging CS experiences that challenge and inspire young people.

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Code Your World: NYSD 2019

Computer Science is a 21st-century skill that empowers young people to be creators, rather than just consumers of technology. Computer science experiences ignite innovation and develop problem-solving skills that are applicable in all areas of the real world. Today, computer science is driving growth and innovation across all sectors of the workforce. Engaging in computer science empowers young people for their future. Learn about Code Your World, the 2018 4-H National Youth Science Day challenge and how you can use these free resources to engage young people in computer science through hands-on doing. Developed by West Virginia University Extension Services and Google, Code Your World is perfect for afterschool programs. It includes computer-based activities on Google's CS First platform and unplugged activities that teach computational thinking in computer science to beginner coders ages 8-14.

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Increasing the Impact of Incredible Wearables

This virtual training focuses on facilitation skills that will help youth get the most from the Incredible Wearables Challenge. Learn about facilitating the engineering design process, helping youth collect and interpret data, and supporting youth on the challenge themselves so everyone has a fun and engaging NYSD challenge!

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Digital Learning in OST

Looking to add digital learning opportunities to your out-of-school time program? During this webinar, the Click2Science team and out-of-school time educators share some of their favorite resources for digital learning.

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