Posted: Wed, 09/04/2019 - 11:33
Launching in the 2019-20 school year, new AP instructional resources will empower students in AP Computer Science A to succeed in learning college-level course content and skills. These resources, used in parallel with the new AP Computer Science A framework, will give students access to more practice materials than ever and teachers real insights into their progress. They include: unit guides, formative topic questions, formative personal progress checks, an AP question bank, and a performance dashboard – all of which are designed to help AP teachers provide students with focused instruction and actionable feedback throughout the year, while more clearly articulating expectations of what students should be able to do on the AP Exam. Join Becky Coutts (Director for AP CSA Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment with the College Board) and Timothy Gallagher (AP CSA Teacher and CSA Development Committee Member) for a webinar on Wednesday, September 18 at 7pm Eastern/4pm Pacific. We hope to see you there!
Access the meeting room here.
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Posted: Fri, 07/26/2019 - 14:26
Interested in learning about an assessment for Introductory Programming for middle school?
On Tuesday, July 25 at 4pm Pacific/7pm Eastern we held a webinar with Dr. Shuchi Grover. Shuchi discussed an assessment created as part of an NSF research project (#1543062) that measures student understanding of foundational concepts of programming that should be targeted for grades 6-8. She shared details in the webinar on the learning goals targeted, a brief account of the design and piloting process, and results of the use of the assessment in middle school classrooms (including item difficulty analyses). Besides a glimpse of all the items (questions) in the assessment, a few items were discussed in detail along with rubrics for scoring the items. Interested teachers also got a sense for how they could use the assessment in their classroom (and help the research on the assessment).
Click here to access the recording. See slides below.
Posted: Mon, 04/15/2019 - 13:04
Stanford offers Logic Teacher PD
Learn to teach Stanford’s IntroLogic in High Schools
July 8 to July 12, 2019
A free Stanford-developed curriculum that can be taught as a standalone course or embedded in a course. Suitable for grades 9-12. The course addresses the Data and Analysis & Algorithms and Programming concepts in the CSTA Teaching Framework. The course has been approved for “g” credit in California schools.
Logic is to Computer Science as Calculus is to Physics. So far, this essential mathematical training is not available to programmers being trained in high schools.
The course is well-tested as it has been taught at Stanford University for over twenty years, and it is now offered as a MOOC that has attracted over 500,000 enrolled students.
The topics covered include propositional logic, relational logic, deduction, and proofs.
Computer Sciences and Math Teachers
who have knowledge of symbolic manipulation as taught in Algebra and comfort with sets, relations, and functions
July 8 – July 12, 2019
Gates Computer Science Building
The tuition for the course is $750. This does not include any travel or lodging expenses. Wherever support is not available through the school district, we are offering a limited number of tuition scholarships to deserving teachers. To apply write to the email address given below.
Department of Computer Science
300 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA, 94305
Posted: Mon, 06/10/2019 - 19:15
Join us from June 17 through June 21 for a "slow" Twitter chat with Linda Sweeting! Linda will ask a question each day throughout the week on the how's and why's of adding CS into your elementary classroom. We will share ideas for overcoming hurdles, the reasoning for adding CS, as well as share stories and resources in order to help fellow elementary teachers integrate CS into their school day.
Please use #CSforAllTeachers in your Tweets to join the conversation.
Posted: Mon, 06/03/2019 - 20:02
Getting CS up and running in your classroom.
Twitter Chat, Monday, June 17th. Format to be determined. Stay tuned! :)
Posted: Fri, 06/07/2019 - 11:36
How can we ensure that our female students see computer science as a relevant and engaging field? How do we overcome bias in the media and encourage our female students to persist through challenge? Join us using #CSforAllTeachers on Twitter to explore these questions as we work to close the gender gap in computer science throughout the week of June 10th, 2019. This will be a "slow" Twitter chat, so we will ask a question each day throughout this week.
Posted: Wed, 04/24/2019 - 10:02
Join local K–12 educators at a ScratchEd Meetup to play, learn, and connect around teaching with Scratch. Scratch is a free online programming tool through which students can creatively explore computer science concepts by creating interactive media (like stories, games, animations, and simulations) and sharing those creations with others online. The Scratch Online Community is used by millions of young people all around the world.
Join us for food, fun, and community. No coding experience necessary!
Free parking in the rear of the building.
Posted: Fri, 05/31/2019 - 13:02
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is everywhere, and whether through Siri, Alexa, or bots that spam social media and gaming accounts, our students are constantly interacting with AI. How do we, ask K-8 CS teachers, teach our students about AI? What are the big ideas to teach? How can we incorporate AI into our classroom? On Thursday May 30 at 4:30pm Pacific/7:30pm Eastern, we held a webinar with David Touretzky, Chair of AI4K12 and CS Research Professor at Carnegie Mellon, who shed some light on these questions. We also heard from classroom teachers who shared some practical ways to incorporate AI.
Click here to access the recording. See slides below.