Computational Thinking Micro-credential
Virtual Workshop

Micro-credentials provide educators with recognition for the skills they learn throughout their careers. Sign up for our series of four 2-hour workshops (July 8, 15, 22, 29) that will take place from 6-8pm. Each participant will earn a $125 stipend for participation.  

Earn a Micro-credential

Micro-credentials create the opportunity for educators to reach specific, action-oriented goals and direct their professional learning in their classrooms and on their schedules. Through micro-credentials, educators can identify and use specific methods and approaches that lead to real classroom change.

Micro-credentials are competency-based. To earn a micro-credential, educators select a specific skill they want to demonstrate, collect evidence of that skill, and submit it for assessment by experts. If their evidence shows competence, they earn the micro-credential in the form of a digital badge. Educators can share their earned micro-credentials with colleagues, administrators, and parents.

We’re selecting 20 teachers, and if selected, each workshop participant will earn the ‘Communicating Data through Visualizations’ Micro-credential and will be assessed in collaboration with Digital Promise.

Computational Thinking

For the purpose of this experience, teachers will acquire the “Communicating Data through Visualizations” micro-credential under the umbrella of ‘Working with Data’.

Digital Promise developed a set of 40 micro-credentials aligned to the Hewlett Foundation’s Deeper Learning framework. By earning these micro-credentials, educators can better design experiences that help students develop the skills necessary for success in career and college.

Educators also receive valuable feedback from expert assessors on the evidence they submit to earn micro-credentials, providing clear avenues for improvement and growth. Educators find that micro-credentials encourage them to continue to attempt new approaches. Through a Project Based Learning (PBL) framework, educators will engage in deep and long-lasting learning that will empower them to create transformative experiences for their students – especially those furthest from educational opportunity. A great PBL engages students in deeper learning and goes from theory to practice. The micro-credentials earned during this experience will especially support academic rigor during blended learning.

Computational thinking is a skill set for solving complex problems, a way to learn topics in many disciplines, and a necessity for fully participating in a computational world.

Introduction to Micro-credentials and Computational Thinking

Data sets and Visualization

Work Examples and Artifacts

Visual Representation & Reflection