Indiana University Kokomo's School of Sciences will host on-campus workshops for middle and high school teachers in the mid-central Indiana region. If you live or teach in the Kokomo community or surrounding 14-county service region and teach in a middle and high school, you're invited!
Join us for a two-day workshop where you'll develop new pathways through research exploration, discussions, and classroom role-play to teach computer science to the next generation. You'll receive an introduction to computer science curriculum development that emphasizes data science. While you're learning, you'll also create new curricula and classroom activities that can be scaled and modified to take back and use in your very own classroom.
The intellectual focus of the workshops will be research in computer science and informatics with a particular focus on data science. You'll build your own skills in data science and then learn how to create hands-on experiences to take back and share with your students. And on top of that, you'll receive a stipend for your participation!
Join us on November 19 and 20, 2019. The workshop will be a total of 12 hours of instruction and exploration split over two days. You'll get:
- An introduction to the fundamentals of computer science topics
- An introduction to selected research topics like big data, data science, and networking and cybersecurity
- A session involving hands-on research and lab activities
- A session on curriculum development and integration into your classroom
The schedule for the overall workshop is as follows:
- Day One, Session 1 (3 hours) “Inception” This introductory session consists of various fundamental digital system, data generation, harvesting, manipulation and analysis activities/experiments with substantial support. The morning session will provide workshop participants the necessary technical background in computer and digital systems, data science, and data processing concepts. The goal is to evoke excitement about the field and for the state-of-the-art research areas.
- Day One, Session 2 (3 hours) In the second session, we present more in-depth material and research to the teachers to familiarize them with our state-of-the-art research and experiments. In addition to the hands-on training, we will also focus on two major strategies to make this session engaging by deploying of a role-playing activity in the classroom to increase interpersonal interaction and to make challenging data science concepts understandable.
- Day Two, Session 1 (3 hours) In this session, we will introduce teachers the various data representation and analysis techniques using various tools and programming approaches. We also will present data storages and warehousing approaches with a hands-on training. Starting with the use of Microsoft Excel, we will help them grasp the complexity of the data science universe.
- Day Two, Session 2 (3 hours) The last session of the workshop, we designated this session to be a round-table discussion on more interactive-efficient curriculum development strategies specifically focusing on computer science related topics. With the help fo the School of Education's curriculum development experts, we will introduce participants to state-of-the-art techniques in curriculum preparation and implementation.
All sessions for the teach data science workshop will be held on the IU Kokomo campus with experts in the fields of data science, informatics, and computer science pedagogy.
This workshop is your chance to gain insight from experts alongside your colleagues. You'll leave the workshop feeling knowledgeable and prepared on the topics at hand and you'll have a plan to begin implementing what you learned in your classroom. The purpose of this workshop is to help you create a classroom for data science where students embrace hands-on, interactive, and transformative learning and encourage students in their STEM education.