Professional Development

DevTech offers diverse opportunities for professional development: on-site face to face mini courses and virtual opportunities, both synchronous and asynchronous. Check out our offerings below and if you are looking for something tailored to your own needs, please contact Prof. Marina Bers.

Interested in the Curricula developed by the DevTech Research Group? Click here!

TeachCAL is a free, online, self-paced professional development course for educators interested in using the Coding as Another Language ScratchJr curriculum.

During the summer, DevTech offers free face to face professional development opportunities, entitled Coding as Another Language ScratchJrAttendees receive ScratchJr introductions, tips, and demos, and a comprehensive training on the Coding as Another Language – ScratchJr curriculum

DevTech offers a free professional development opportunity entitled Beyond Coding: Teaching human values in the classroom. This workshop explores Professor Marina Bers’ metaphor of Coding as a Palette of Virtues, both in theory and practice with ScratchJr and KIBO: DevTech’s two technologies. Attendees receive ScratchJr and KIBO introductions, tips, and demos. During the session participants engage in discussions and group activities focused on how to use these technologies to highlight and support human values and charachter development in education.

DevTech hosts a series of professional development workshops in collaboration with the Office of Professional and Continuing Education at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Human Development. These workshops target preK-2 teachers who are interested in integrating computer science, computational thinking, and robotics into their early childhood classrooms with a playful, developmentally appropriate approach. For more information on hosting a course for your organization, contact

To learn more about DevTech’s pedagogies, check out the Books written by Prof. Marina Bers:

Cover of the book Beyond Coding.
Cover of the book Teaching Computational Thinking and Coding to Young Children.
Cover of the book Coding as a Playground.
Cover of the book Coding as a Playground.
designing digital experience book cover
blocks to robots cover
screen shot scratch jr
Coding Playground