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Northern Coding Academy Teacher Webinars

Northern Coding Academy Teacher Webinars are standalone professional development sessions focused on specific topics, held throughout the school year. Check back frequently or sign up for our mailing list to be notified of upcoming webinar dates and topics.

Upcoming Webinars

Intro to Computational Thinking

Webinar Dates:

February 16 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

February 21 - 1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

March 24 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

April 4 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

April 28 - 1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

May 1 - 2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Solve problems like a scientist! Explore the foundations of computational thinking. This webinar provides a gentle introduction to decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction, generalization, and algorithms. Discover how these principles can be applied and taught in your classroom, regardless of subject or grade level. At the end of the webinar, you will be provided with ready-to-go lesson plans so you can easily introduce computational thinking skills to your students.

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Data Literacy in the Classroom

Webinar Dates:

February 21 - 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Data literacy skills are vital for everyone! This 90-minute webinar will introduce you to data literacy concepts, and to Common Online Data Analysis Platform (CODAP), a simple yet powerful data analysis tool. Explore how data literacy can be incorporated into the classroom, discover curriculum connections and cross-curricular opportunities, and provide relevant resources and ready-to-go activities for you to take back to your classroom.

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Let's Make a Game: Intro to MakeCode Arcade

Webinar Dates:

April 28: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Love video games? Miss the 90s? Join the NCA team as we walk through the basics of Microsoft MakeCode Arcade and code your own video games. This webinar is perfect for the beginner who has never worked with MakeCode before, or for those who want a little extra help. Instructors will provide feedback, give support, and work with the group to design a pixel perfect mini-game!

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Explore Your Circuit Playground Express (CPX)

Webinar Dates:

March 16: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Do you have CPX devices and you’re not sure what to do with them? What are all these pieces in the kit, anyways? Bring your kit, learn how to connect all the peripherals, and discover some new ways to use these awesome devices in your classroom! (Note: Individual troubleshooting may be limited by time and the size of the group. We will do our best to help you solve your problems!)

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Data Modelling in the Classroom

Webinar Dates:

April 18: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

What do we do with all the data we collect? How do we create and refine scientific models, and how does this relate to our understanding of the universe? In this 90-minute webinar, explore data modelling with the NCA team. Discover how models can teach us more about ourselves, each other, and the world we live in. This webinar is suitable for teachers of all subjects, grades, and experience levels.

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Build a Better Game: Intermediate MakeCode Arcade

Webinar Dates:

February 8 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

June 6 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Already completed a session on MakeCode arcade with our team? Learn to make an arcade favourite while exploring projectiles and physics in MakeCode Arcade. Design your invading game alongside the NCA team to create a mini-game that’s out of this world!

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Research Skills and Credibility

Webinar Dates:

March 17: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Misinformation existed long before the internet. However, the internet or web has allowed information to spread faster than ever before. Learn to evaluate the credibility of anything you encounter online using your critical thinking skills and fact checking. Northern Coding Academy will provide you with ready-to-go lesson plans for you to incorporate into your classroom.

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Teaching Coding through Games

Webinar Dates:

March 21 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

May 1 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

May 19 - 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The verdict is that kids love games, whether it’s an unplugged game like Simon Says or a video game like Minecraft. What if you could harness that enthusiasm to teach coding concepts to your students? This 90-minute webinar explores how kids learn computational thinking skills through low-tech and no-tech games. Learn how to navigate Google Slides and real coding platforms like MakeCode Arcade.

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