Calling all trailblazer teachers!
Do you want to join a community of primary school teachers from Dutch and international primary schools who will be among the first in the Netherlands to introduce computer science and computational thinking lessons in their schools?
Stichting NewTechKids is offering a select group of teachers 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 coding-related classes before, this training program will focus on training teachers to teach technological literacy and the fundamental computer science concepts which underlie all technology to students ages 4-12.
This program will be taught in English so participants must be able to understand, speak and read basic English.
About the Program
During this program, teachers will attend five (5) training sessions given by the Stichting NewTechKids team. They will learn about appropriate pedagogy, teaching approaches and classroom management strategies and receive training to teach five computer science lessons (one hour each) developed by Stichting NewTechKids.
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.
Topics and Concepts Covered
The training program will cover topics such as:
- computer science vs. computational thinking
- technology systems
- design and rapid prototyping in the context of technology education
Computer science concepts covered will include algorithms, commands, loops, variables, sequences, data, 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 technological development and future study and work opportunities.
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.
A limited number of spots are available. Teachers in Dutch and international primary schools in the Netherlands are invited to apply. 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.