Calling all trailblazer teachers!

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(Information in Dutch.)

Stichting NewTechKids (NewTechKids’ non-profit counterpart) is offering a select group of primary school teachers in Dutch and international schools in the Netherlands the opportunity to attend a FREE teacher training program. (Normal price: 2000 euro plus 21% BTW per teacher.)

Designed for teachers who have never taught technology or programming-related classes before, this training program will focus on training teachers to teach fundamental computer science concepts which underlie all technology and technological literacy to students ages 4-12.

About the Program

During this program, teachers will attend five (5) training sessions given by the Stichting NewTechKids team. They will learn about computer science theory, pedagogy, teaching approaches and classroom management strategies. They will also receive training to teach five computer science lessons (one hour each) developed by Stichting NewTechKids (pen and paper exercises, games, DIY activities, and programming with technology tools).

The teacher training will follow a Finnish approach. Dr. Marja-Ilona Koski, a former computer science primary school teacher in Finland, will give the training. She completed a Ph.D at TU Delft focused on effective ways to teach science and technology education and train teachers.

This program will be taught in English.

Applications have been received from teachers at the following schools: International Primary School Almere, International School of Delft, American School of the Hague, American International School of Rotterdam (AISR), International School Eindhoven (ISE), International School of Amsterdam (ISA), Amsterdam International Community School (AICS), de Blijberg Primary School (Rotterdam), OBS de Burght (Amsterdam), Basisschool de Fakkel (Utrecht), 10e Montessorischool de Meidoorn (Amsterdam), Laterna Magica (Amsterdam), OBS de Stap (Landsmeer), Basisschool de Brink (Amsterdam Southeast), Hildebrand- van Loonschool (Amsterdam), de Kleine Dichter (Utrecht), Annie M.G. Schmidt School (Amsterdam), and Nicolaasschool (IJsselstein).

Topics and Concepts Covered

The training program will cover topics such as:

– computer science vs. computational thinking
– automation
– programming
– technology systems
– design and rapid prototyping in the context of technology education

Computer science concepts covered will include algorithms, commands, loops, variables, sequence, data, decomposition, and selection.

The five lessons will involve pen and paper exercises, DIY and design activities, games, and learning tools such as Micro:bits, a tiny, programmable computer being widely distributed for free in the Netherlands.

Who: primary school teachers in the Netherlands (interns and substitute teachers are not eligible to apply)

What: teacher training program focused on computer science, technological literacy and computational thinking with a focus on 21st century skills development

Where: Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (Amsterdam Municipal Library) near Centraal Station, Oosterdokskade 143, Amsterdam

When: January – March 2018 on Wednesdays from 15:00 – 17:00.

– January 17 and 31
– February 14
– March 7 and 21

Why: Many children are great at using technology. However, most have no idea how and why technology works. Introducing computer science, technological literacy and computational thinking in school is critical to prepare them for a world of constant and rapid automation and technological development and for future study and work opportunities.

Requirements

Participating teachers must commit to:

1) attending all five training sessions at OBA;
2) teaching the five computer science lessons they learn during the program in their classrooms and;
3) sharing feedback and ideas with the group.

Stichting NewTechKids will lend schools the Micro:bit mini computers if they don’t have access to any.

Application Process

A limited number of spots are available. Teachers in Dutch and international primary schools in the Netherlands are invited to apply by completing the attached form. Preference will be given to:
– teachers from schools where at least two teachers apply to encourage peer support and collaboration.
– teachers from schools in disadvantaged communities eg. Amsterdam southeast, Amsterdam New West.

The application phase will close on Monday, December 11, 2017. Stichting NewTechKids will make a selection and inform successful applicants on Friday, December 15, 2017.

Selected participants are required to make a deposit of 100 euro which will be returned on condition that they attend all five training sessions and teach all five lessons.

Donors and Partners

This training program has been made possible through a generous donation from the 4K 4Charity Fun Run which is produced every year during the IBC Show in Amsterdam by AWS Elemental, a technology company based in Portland, Oregon. Stichting NewTechKids received part of the Run’s proceeds to support our mission of bringing technology education to a more diverse and inclusive group of students and teachers.

We are organising the program in partnership with Maakplaats 021, the Amsterdam Municipal Library’s initiative to offer Maker spaces in its branches.

Apply here!

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