Science World is committed to supporting science and technology education throughout British Columbia. In recent consultations with BC teachers we identified a need for more in-service teacher support, especially to support the new curriculum. Science World’s professional development workshops embrace an approach to teaching and learning that reflects the new curriculum’s focus on place-based, inquiry learning.
Teacher professional development is part of Tech-Up, Science World's initiative to enhance existing programs to include coding and computational thinking. Working with School District and curriculum consultant experts in coding and digital skills, new instructional modules will be developed. The modules will be delivered through new and established channels for teacher professional development including:
- peer to peer training (with professional coaching, reporting and follow-up)
- conference sessions (delivered at provincial, district-wide and school-based events)
- science-centre based and school-based evening and after-school workshops
- STEAM Days (week-long summer intensives, held in Vancouver and Prince George in August 2018).
New! Evening Teacher's Series
Science World is pleased to introduce a new way for K to 9 teachers to learn and connect with others in the teaching community around a topic in Computational Thinking. These FREE 2 hour workshops will be held after-school at TELUS World of Science in Vancouver, between November and May, and pre-registration is required. We are also pleased to offer a number of these sessions en français!
Participants do not have to register for all sessions, but we will be building on concepts from one session to the other. Participants are encouraged to register for the entire series in their language of choice.
January 17, 2019
|Coding Café (K to 9): |
Building on our introduction to computational thinking, this workshop is for those who want to discover more about block coding before diving into how coding can support curriculum in our next Science World Teacher's Series session. This drop-in format evening will include a variety of stations to explore free coding apps such as Scratch, ScratchJR and Twine as well as coding concepts such as pair programming. This is a beginner friendly workshop! We will have staff on hand to answer questions and to help you debug your code. Bring your device (tablet or computer) and come learn to code with us!
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January 31, 2019
|La programmation… sans technologie! (K to 9): |
Pour bâtir sur l'introduction à la pensée informatique, cet atelier permettra aux enseignants d'explorer l'intégration de celle-ci sans technologie. Pendant cet atelier, nous allons explorer une variété d'activités qui nous permettent d'explorer les concepts de la pensée informatique à travers les programmes d'études.
February 5, 2019
Computational thinking across the curriculum
In this workshop, you will engage in hands-on activities that use technology to demonstrate how this problem-solving strategy can be applied in a variety of subjects, such as language arts and math.
February 13, 2018
La pensée informatique à travers les programmes d’études
Cet atelier permettra aux participants d'explorer une variété d'activités qui intègrent les concepts de la pensée informatique à travers les programmes d'études.
February 20, 2018
Assessing computational thinking through cross-curricular activities
In this session, participants will develop a better understanding of creating meaningful interdisciplinary lessons involving computational thinking, of assessment of curriculum and self-assessment of core competencies that can support both paper and digital reporting and portfolios.
March 5, 2019
Évaluer la pensée informatique à travers des activités interdisciplinaires
Cet atelier permettra aux participants d'explorer l'évaluation de leçons interdisciplinaires en programmation et en pensée informatique, dans le cadre du programme d'étude Conception, Compétence Pratiques et Technologies (CCPT).
Each session is based on Science World’s professional development offerings for teachers. See offerings below if you’re interested in Science World delivering a particular session for staff at your school.