Mobile CSP: Using Mobile Learning to Teach CS Principles in Connecticut Schools

[Starting June 2016 : Mobile CSP PD, a free, 4-week Professional Development course for teachers. Visit www.mobile-csp.org for more information about our course and PD. ]

Trinity College, in partnership with the Hartford Public School System, the Connecticut Chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association, and other Hartford area high schools, will train approximately 30 Connecticut high school teachers to teach computing courses in Connecticut high schools that currently do not teach computer science. The course will be based on a mobile Computer Science Principles curriculum, Mobile CSP, which uses the new mobile computing language, App Inventor for Android, to provide a rigorous, programming-based introduction to computational thinking. Student projects will focus on building socially useful, place-based mobile apps using the App Inventor programming language. In this way, student learning will be associated closely with their interests and grounded in their schools, their homes, and their communities. The Mobile CSP project has three main goals:

  1. To develop a rigorous computer science principles curriculum based on mobile computing;
  2. to teach it to Connecticut teachers in 6-week summer workshops; and
  3. to support participating teachers in their effort to implement the courses in Connecticut schools that do not currently teach computer science.

The 2013-2014 cohort of teachers will be drawn primarily from the Hartford school district, a district whose students come mostly from demographic and socioeconomic backgrounds that have been underrepresented in computer science. In years two and three the project will expand to other, similarly situated, Connecticut cities and towns.

Project Website: www.mobile-csp.org

Core Team

  • Ralph Morelli, Principal Investigator, Professor of Computer Science, Trinity College
  • Chinma Uche, Co-PI, President of the CT-Computer Science Teachers Association
  • Pauline Lake, Mobile-CSP Teacher’s Consultant/Project Administrative Assistant
  • Trishan de Lanerolle, CS10K Faciliator for Mobile-CSP

Collaborating Organizations

  • Trinity College
  • Hartford Public Schools
  • Connecticut Computer Science Teachers Association
  • Humanitarian FOSS Project
  • CREC Greater Hartford Academy of Math and Science
  • Wethersfield High School
  • CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering
  • Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy
  • Tolland High School
  • Joseph A. Foran High School
  • Jonathan Law High School
  • Hall High School
  • Conard High School
  • Connecticut River Academy
  • University High School of Science and Engineering
  • CREC Metropolitan Learning Center
  • Westbrook High School
  • Kolbe Cathedral High School
  • Quinebaug Middle College
  • Manchester High School
  • Simsbury High School
  • Trumbull High School
  • Connecticut IB Academy
  • East Lyme High School
  • Newington High School
  • Enfield High School
  • Ellington High School
  • South Windsor High School
  • Francis T. Maloney High School
  • Platt High School
  • Westhill High School
  • And many more nationwide!