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CS Principles and CS Pedagogy at CS4HS 8.5.13

py : August 5, 2013 1:45 pm : Blog Category

This is a presentation not just about CS Principles, but about inquiry, equity, and pedagogy in the CS classroom.   Teachers learned about all of this by doing two famous activities from the Exploring Computer Science curriculum.  Download the ppt and accompanying materials: CS Principles Presentation at CS4HS UMBC 8.5.13

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AP CS Principles – Elevator Pitch

py : July 22, 2013 5:52 pm : Blog Category

Here is a pitch I shared at the College Board’s AP Conference opening keynote from July 2013.  It was created by Owen Astrachan, Pat Yongpradit, Tiffany Barnes, Dan Garcia, Frank Hulsman, and Seth Pizzo at a CS Principles workshop.

I’d like to tell you about a new course for creating educated cyber-citizens, able to thrive in a world where computing is changing how we live and think.  Even more than writing code, this course is about innovation and impact. It’s about understanding how health care is changing because computer algorithms and programs have helped make genomic, person-specific medicine possible. It’s about reconnecting with folks you haven’t seen in 20 years and staying connected with folks you met 20 minutes ago. It’s about bringing our mobile devices along with us so we can read, connect, play, and learn anywhere, anytime. It’s about using the power of collaboration and crowd-sourcing to change the world. We can do this by learning about how computer science is used as a lever to move our world. In no other era has technology empowered students to participate in creative acts than now, and it’s all because of computer science. No matter what career paths students take, computer science can help them make new things and solve problems. Computer science becomes much more powerful when people from diverse perspectives work together to create solutions. Students will learn all of this in a new course that every student should take. This course is called AP CS Principles. Offer it at your school.

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CS Principles: Computation in Action Presentation at CSTA 2013

py : July 18, 2013 6:25 pm : Blog Category

CS Principles:Computation in Action is a curriculum sponsored in conjunction with the CSTA and Microsoft.  Download the presentation from the CSTA Conference 2013:  CS Principles – Computation in Action Presentation – CSTA 2013

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AP CS Principles Curriculum Preview Lessons – Now Available

py : July 18, 2013 4:39 pm : Blog Category

CS Principles: Computation in Action — Preview Curriculum

CS Principles: Computation in Action, lesson resources sponsored in conjunction with the CSTA and Microsoft, engages students in socially-relevant, project-based learning activities designed to foster computational thinking within the Big Ideas and Concepts of the AP CS Principles course: Creativity, Abstraction, Data, Algorithms, Programming, Internet, and Impact.  Download the lesson resources, including a lesson writing guide here.

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CS Principles Sample Lesson using the 5 E Inquiry Approach

py : July 13, 2013 11:49 pm : Blog Category

What does inquiry look like in the CS Principles classroom?  Download CS Principles and the 5 E Inquiry Cycle.  Read the notes section for each slide for information.

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