Educators are Innovators
In 2015, in collaboration with Dr. Jessica Ivy in Mississippi State University's College of Education, a Teacher Professional Development program was launched. With funding through GenCyber, K12 teachers from a variety of disciplines participate in summer professional development, learning how to integrate computational thinking and cybersecurity concepts into their classrooms.
This professional development enables teachers from any content area to integrate computational thinking, computer programming, and cybersecurity concepts into his or her classroom. Teachers are able to integrate this knowledge into their current content, enabling the development of a cybersecurity-aware workforce with necessary computational thinking skills.
This curriculum has led to the creation of a course for pre-service and in-service teachers that is offered jointly between the Bagley College of Engineering and the College of Education at MSU. This course is offered with an online option for in-service teachers.