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The Processing Foundation Education Portal is a collection of 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, 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 new education podcast, which focuses on teaching at the intersection of art, science, and technology. Check back for monthly podcast episodes that feature in-depth interviews with these innovative educators.

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: Kelly Lougheed (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.

Kelly’s creative coding curriculum can be accessed on her Medium channel. Here are two beginner-friendly tutorials that use p5.js: Pong Game and Rainbow Paintbrush.

Read the interview as a transcript, with images and links, on our Medium Publication: here’s part 1.

Part 1 of Kelly’s interview is available here on Soundcloud.

Part 2 of Kelly’s interview will be available in June.

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createCanvas: Aankit Patel (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..

Read the interview as a transcript, with images, video clips, and links, on our Medium Publication: here’s part 1.

Part 1 of Aankit’s interview is available here on Soundcloud.

Part 2 of Aankit’s interview is available here on Soundcloud.

Download at Soundcloud, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcast.
Download at Soundcloud, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcast.
Teaching Materials from NYCDOE CS for All

Check out the NYCDOE CS for All program’s curriculum for “Intro to Computational Media.” “Developed by the NYCDOE CS education team, the Introduction to Computational Media is a yearlong (108 hours) creative computing course for high schools using the open source Javascript library p5.js. By understanding how code can be a medium for creative expression, students will learn the fundamentals of computer science while designing and prototyping interactive projects that run on a browser. Additionally, students will learn how HTML/CSS elements can interact with p5.js to fully take advantage of developing content for a browser. Additionally, students will learn how HTML/CSS elements can interact with p5.js to fully take advantage of developing content for a browser. This course is currently being implemented in NYC public high schools via CS4All’s Software Engineering Program (SEP), CS4All ICM Cohorts, and it aligns with the CS4All Blueprint for CS education.”

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createCanvas: Sharon De La Cruz (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.

Read the interview as a transcript, with images, video clips, and links, on our Medium Publication: here’s part 1 and here’s part 2.

Part 1 of Sharon’s interview is available here on Soundcloud.

Part 2 of Sharon’s interview is available here on Soundcloud.

Download at Soundcloud, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcast.
Download at Soundcloud, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcast.
Sharon De La Cruz’s Teaching Materials

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.

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createCanvas: Dan Shiffman (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.

Read the interview as a transcript, with images, video clips, and links, on our Medium Publication: here’s part 1 and here’s part 2.

Part 1 of Dan’s interview is available here on Soundcloud.

Part 2 of Dan’s interview is available here on Soundcloud.

Download at Soundcloud, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcast.
Download at Soundcloud, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcast.
Dan Shiffman’s Teaching Materials

Check out The Coding Train’s Youtube Playlist “Code! Programming with p5.js,” which is an excellent playlist of videos for beginners to start to code. You can use the p5.js web editor to code.

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Behind the Scenes of The Coding Train: How I Livestream

Events

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…

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New York City Department of Education CSforAll

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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.

Register and learn more about the requirements, expectations, and support available from CS4All!

Infosys Foundation’s Pathfinders Summer Institute

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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.