computer science

Virtual PD

Looking to learn something during the quarantine?

I'm excited to offer these virtual PD sessions to teachers while we all navigate these closures. Due to school closures, my independent contractor work that I rely on as full-time income has been canceled for the Spring semester.

An invoice will be sent via Paypal for all registered participants. Credit/Debit cards can be used through Paypal checkout. Guest checkout is available; a Paypal account is not required to submit payment.

Please contact Rosemary Bianchi, rosemarybianchi@gmail.com, with any questions or concerns.


Who can participate?

Although sessions will be catered to middle and high school teachers, anyone who is interested in learning about these topics can register and attend the workshops. This includes mature high school students who would like to learn these topics.

Will the sessions be recorded?

Yes, sessions will be recorded and will be made available for download for 30 days.

Do I need a specific computer, software, technology or operating system to participate?

The sessions will be hosted through Zoom. Zoom is compatible on a variety of platforms. Learn more about using zoom here.

It is recommended that you have access to a camera and microphone if you'd like to participate. It is also recommended that you view the sessions from tablet- or computer-sized screen. Cell phone screens may be too small to see the presentation(s).

The workshops will utilize free, web-based tools that are compatible with Windows, Macs, and Chromebooks. All sessions are also compatible with iPads and Android tablets; however, participants may find some of these web-based tools challenging to use on a tablet.


March 23-26 (Mon-Thur)

9:00am to 9:55am

Total of Four (4) Sessions

Creating the Web

An Introduction to HTML & CSS

How does the internet work? How does our computer know what to show in the browser? How is a website created? How does someone make a website?

Students have so many questions about how the internet is created. Let's provide them with the answers!

In this workshop, you’ll learn how two industry standard languages (HTML and CSS) work together to bring the web to life. You will develop an understanding of how simple text can become the beautiful, functional websites we see and use on a daily basis. You'll become a student in this modeled classroom environment, where you'll be engrossed in learning while observing instructional strategies that will help you teach these languages as well. Infused with best practices, tips and tricks, activities, templates, and projects, you'll leave with a wealth of resources to continue learning on your own! Whether you are completely new to web development or have made a few pages before, this session will provide you with the tools to grow in your instruction of web development.


March 23-26 (Mon-Thur)

1:00 to 1:55pm

Total of Four (4) Sessions

Coding with Scratch

Block-Based Programming for All Ages

MIT's block-based programming platform, Scratch is the #1 tool for teaching introductory programming and coding! With its "low floor" and "high ceiling", Scratch can be used to create animations, interactive games, slideshows and more! It's also a great tool for interdisciplinary coding instruction.

Scratch is a perfect choice for getting started with coding and programming for all ages.

In this workshop, we will get acquainted with the Scratch interface, create basic programs, learn how to incorporate user interaction, explore curricula options, and see exemplars from a variety of disciplines.


March 23-26 (Mon-Thur)

2:00 to 2:55pm

Total of Four (4) Sessions

Image Editing with Photopea

A web-based Photoshop alternative

Photopea is a feature-rich, web-based image editing software that rivals Adobe Photoshop. If you're looking to learn more about the basics of image editing, this workshop will do just that. You'll learn basic tools that are identical in Photopea and Adobe Photoshop, which makes your learning versatile.

We will learn the basics of digital and print graphics, color modes, selection tools, filters and common photo editing adjustments.

This is a great tool to use with your digital design and image editing students during the quarantine when students may not have access to Adobe software or may be restricted to Chromebooks.


March 23-26 (Mon-Thur)

3:00 to 3:55pm

Total of Four (4) Sessions

Fun with micro:bits

Affordable Physical Computing

Learn how computers can control hardware with programming the micro:bit, a low-cost, engaging physical computing device.

At about $15 each, the micro:bit is a great hands-on tool for an introductory computer science classroom. They can be programmed using a block-based programming language Makecode, or with JavaScript. In this workshop we will get familiar with the micro:bit hardware, learn the basics of controlling them with code and learn to program them to interact with their surroundings using a variety of sensors.

Note, you do not need to own a micro:bit for this workshop. A micro:bit simulator will allow you to fully participate in this workshop without owning a micro:bit. If you'd like, a micro:bit can be purchased from a variety of online retailers, including Amazon.

About the Instructor

Rosemary Bianchi is a freelance educational consultant with over a decade of experience in computer science education. As a former teacher and instructional coach, she has expertise in teaching, leadership, professional development, instructional design and support, state policy and district-wide planning and design. Her love of technology and computers at a young age has fueled her passion and excitement for all things computing. Rosemary Bianchi is actively involved in South Carolina through serving as the Secretary of CSTA South Carolina, as well as serving on many state policy and planning committees. She enjoys sharing her contagious excitement and educational experience with teachers and leaders to help bring computer science opportunities to more classrooms.