Welcome to the Processing Foundation Education Portal! This page collects free education materials that can be used to teach our software in a variety of classroom settings. Rather than endorse a specific curriculum, we’ve engaged with a variety of educators from our community, ranging from K12 teachers, to folks who lead workshops at hackerspaces, to university professors in interdisciplinary departments. We’ve asked them to share their teaching materials here, which anyone can use.
To hear more about their approaches and practices, and what they bring to the classroom and why, check out createCanvas, our monthly education podcast, where Saber Khan, our Education Community Director, interviews these innovative educators about teaching at the intersection of art, science, and technology. More about each educator, with links to their curriculum, below.
You can also learn about CC Fest — Creative Coding Festival, a series of free and inclusive events for students and teachers to engage in creative coding, and other educational events at the bottom of the page.
createCanvas: Ari Melenciano (season 2, episode 2)
Episode 2 features an in-depth interview with Ari Melenciano, a Brooklyn-based artist, designer, creative technologist, researcher, and educator. In 2017, Ari founded Afrotectopia, a social institution fostering interdisciplinary innovation at the intersections of art, design, technology, Black culture, and activism through collaborative research and practice. She currently teaches creative technology and design at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU’s Dept. of Digital Photography and Imaging, Pratt Institute’s Communications Design school, and Hunter College’s Integrated Media Arts MFA program.
In this episode, Ari speaks about her experience teaching everything from AP Computer Science, to kindergarten and middle school, to now at the university undergrad and graduate level. Growing up an artist, she explains her approach to art-making within a context of education and activism, as well as a way to move through life. She discusses Afrotectopia’s origins, and what she’s learned about community building and organizing over the years, as it has expanded to include a festival, fellowship program, summer camp, and, in January 2020, The School of Afrotectopia, a program that offered 10 free courses to over 250 students.
Read the interview as a transcript, with images and links, on our Medium Publication here.
createCanvas: Lauren Lee McCarthy (season 2, episode 1)
Kicking off Season 2 is an interview with Lauren Lee McCarthy, an artist, open-source contributor, associate professor at UCLA Design Media Arts, and the creator of p5.js. Lauren is also a member of the Processing Foundation’s Board of Directors. In this episode, Lauren speaks about classroom practices that help to better invite students into spaces where they might not yet see themselves, supporting them with questions like, “How do you make the thing you want to make? What are you trying to say with it? What are the why’s and the who’s of the work that you’re making? And how does it get out there?” Lauren also speaks about the new leadership model of p5.js, and what it means for an open-source project to be sustainable.
Read the interview as a transcript, with images and links, on our Medium Publication here.
createCanvas: Kelly Lougheed (season 1, episode 4)
In episode 4, Kelly Lougheed talks with Saber Khan about middle-school and high-school computer-science education at all-girls’ schools. Kelly Lougheed is a computer-science teacher in Los Angeles, CA, with experience teaching all levels of secondary CS, from Scratch to AP-level Java. Previously, she worked as a web developer and a Latin teacher. Teaching computer science has been the best of both worlds, as well as the subject of the Master's degree she is currently pursuing. A graduate of an all-girls’ middle and high school, she is particularly interested in girls’ computer-science education and the integration of computer science with art, math, and the humanities.
createCanvas: Aankit Patel (season 1, episode 3)
In episode 3, Aankit Patel talks Saber Khan about his previous role as Senior Director of Computer Science Academics at NYC Department of Education. Over the past five years, Aankit has worked as a leader of the Computer Science for All movement at the NYC Department of Education, which aims to bring computer science education to all students in all schools by 2025. Aankit talks about how he and his colleagues have found that creative, physical, and critical computing is an approach that jives with both teachers and students. He discusses the details of how teachers need to feel a sense of a larger community practice with their work, and how to do this.
createCanvas: Sharon De La Cruz (season 1, episode 2)
In episode 2, Sharon De La Cruz talks with Saber Khan about her work as a multi-disciplinary artist and activist from New York City. Her thought-provoking pieces address a range of issues related to tech, social justice, sexuality, and race. De La Cruz’s work ranges from comics, graffiti, and public-art murals to more recent explorations in interactive sculptures, animation, and coding. In Part 1 of her interview with createCanvas, Sharon talks about joyful resistance and what decolonizing freedom might look like. She discusses her focus on restructuring the dynamics of the classroom, to ensure that POC and other marginalized students don’t have to rely on luck to have access to education. In part 2, Sharon gets into the nitty gritty of what decolonization looks like in the classroom. She discusses how educators with privilege can approach working with marginalized communities, and how folks from those communities themselves are impacted by systemic racism in practice and ideology.
Check out Sharon’s curriculum for “Intro to Wearables.” The aim of this course is “to teach the basics of circuitry through wearable electronics.” Sharon has found that students learn more about circuits in her Wearables course because they have to work with circuits in different contexts and can see the connections between things in a narrative way. Students are able to understand why a circuit would be used for something in a real-life context and to tell a story with it.
createCanvas: Dan Shiffman (season 1, episode 1)
createCanvas kicks off with an in-depth, two-part interview with Dan Shiffman! Dan is the beloved host of The Coding Train, the vibrant Youtube channel of weekly creative coding tutorials. Dan has been part of the Processing Foundation since before it was a foundation.
In this episode, he talks to Education Community Director Saber Khan about how and why he started making educational materials for creative coding, what open source contribution can look like (spoiler: almost anything!), and he takes us behind the scenes of his YouTube channel, which currently has 889,000 subscribers. In Part 2 of the interview, the discussion continues, covering different sustainability models for open source, the pros and cons of using YouTube as a platform, and how The Coding Train is more about community and documentation than it is about technical expertise.
CC Fest - Creative Coding Festival
CC Fests are free and inclusive events for students, teachers, and community members to engage in creative coding. Participants are encouraged to spend a day making interactive and engaging digital art, animation, and games. Teachers work on coding projects that they then can bring to their classes. Students are introduced…
New York City Department of Education CSforAll
Upcoming Computer Science Education Professional Development (for public school teachers in New York City), register by March 30!
Do you have teachers in your school and community who are interested in implementing computer science next school year? Are you interested in expanding your school’s computer science offerings?
Registration is now open for administrators and teachers who want to participate in computer science (CS) education professional development opportunities to support the DOE’s goal of ensuring that all schools provide computer science instruction to all students by 2025. As part of the Computer Science for All initiative, the DOE is offering schools instructional and pedagogical support, including paid, CTLE-eligible professional development for teachers, administrator planning sessions, and free curricula, with the expectation that participating schools will begin implementing computer science in September 2020. Educators of all experience levels are encouraged to register by March 30.
Infosys Foundation’s Pathfinders Summer Institute
The Infosys Foundation USA is pleased to host its third annual Pathfinders Summer Institute in Bloomington, Indiana, from July 19-24, 2020. This is a unique professional development opportunity in computer science and maker education.
All K-12 US public school teachers from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Special consideration will be given to teachers from high-needs schools and under-represented communities, those new to teaching CS and maker education, and to districts that demonstrate a commitment to sending multiple teachers to Pathfinders.
Applications for the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2020 are open until May 15, 2020.
Esther Hersh (Peblio Founder) and Saber Khan (Educational Director Processing Foundation) are offering a course called “Introduction to Creative Coding with p5.js” at Infosys Pathfinders. You can learn more the that course and Summer Institute here.