Community Education Courses

Design Thinking for Educators

Design Thinking

The Design Thinking process stresses empathy, ideating and rapid prototyping with proven, achievable and repeatable results. Design Thinking is about wanting to make a difference, through a proven process that creates relevant solutions with positive impacts. During this course you will complete a design challenge that is teacher focused and teacher designed.

Whether this is your first design project or your fifth, this course will help you address challenges in your classroom, school or community. We will be designing new solutions for the classroom, schools, students and teachers. So come and step out of your comfort zone, learn how to get unstuck, break your routine, become more intent about your design process, and gain confidence in your creative abilities to believe in an educational future that starts with “what if” instead of “whats wrong.”

Instructor Bio

Will Cavada has worked for over 12 years as a digital artist and media arts teacher. His design experience ranges from graphic communication to web design and video production. His teaching experience includes multimedia arts, yearbook, youth media and technology. He has for the past eight years been teaching at Mt. Pleasant High School, where he teaches the multimedia courses and coordinates the site’s Adobe Youth Voices program. He is also co-advisor to the award winning Cardinal Literary Magazine. He has for the past six years been an instructor at KCI, teaching courses in In-Design, Illustrator, Premiere and Flash; he has also participated in Adobe Teach the Teachers, and the Winter Institute. William Cavada studied art education with a concentration in conceptual art at San Francisco State University, earning a fine arts degree and continued his studies with a master’s in Instructional Technology from San Jose State University.
Saturday, October 15

Location: KCI
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cost: $125

KCI Continuing Computer Science Workshop

Girls playing Pac Man on cardboard arcade using Makey-makey

Cardboard Pac Man arcade created using Makey-makey.

The KCI Continuing Computer Science (CS) Saturday workshop will help teachers who have some experience with CS and coding further develop their knowledge. It will support teachers at all grade levels to integrate computer science into their content areas and/or teach computer science as a separate class.

In this hands-on, 6-hour workshop, teachers will develop more confidence in their own coding skills and will learn about new tools and curriculum resources to take their computer science knowledge to the next level. In addition to content, they will learn teaching strategies and best practices from experienced computer science teachers leading the workshops.

Focus areas include:

  • Integrating computer science in Science with Scratch and Starlogo Nova to meet the NGSS Computational Thinking standards
  • Integration of computer science in STEM subjects at the Middle or High school level
  • Computer Science integration in the K-5 content
  • Physical Computing: using Makey-Makey, Arduino, and robots to engage students in computing, and connect to STEM topics
  • Text based coding – introduction to Python and Javascript
  • Advanced Scratch coding

Audience

This course is for teachers who have either attended previous KCI CS workshop or have some experience in coding and CS and want to deepen their skills. All grade and subject area teachers are welcome.

Saturday, November 12

Location: KCI
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cost: $125

Instructor Bio

Sheena Vaidyanathan has been teaching computer science in California public schools for 6 years and has extensive experience with K-8 curriculum development and professional development. Prior to her teaching career, Sheena worked in Silicon Valley’s technology industry. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer science as well as a California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Math. She has presented at several conferences and writes articles on CS education. See more on her work at www.computersforcreativity.com.