Computing MATTERS is designed to assist local teachers in the effective use of computing technologies in their classrooms, after school programs, or workshops. Shodor combines training of in-service and pre-service teachers, education of students using context-rich computational explorations in informal settings of community centers and after-school programs, advancement of students from economically challenged communities, and mentoring at many levels. This will result in participants actively engaged in building new content for learning about cyberinfrastructure while authentically using that same cyberinfrastructure to mediate their learning.
Workshops address issues of computational thinking; that is, the thinking behind using computing technologies for problem-solving. In doing so, teachers learn the pedagogy surrounding computational science education. They learn why and how to use computing technologies in their classrooms.
At the same time, workshops provide teachers with the practical training necessary to integrate computational thinking into their everyday curriculum. Teachers are armed with the resources they can actually use. In this way, teachers also learn the what of computational science.
Shodor will guide you in using a number of freely available online tools:
Shodor will help participants identify resources that fit the learning needs of their own students and walk away with ideas, lessons, and tools that can be implemented upon returning to the classroom.