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1 Working with Curriculum, Schools and School Districts Suzy Crowe, Milton High School, Milton GA Laura Fay, Fisher Middle School, Ewing NJ Lynn Nolan, Senior Strategic Initiative Officer, ISTE Youwen Ouyang, CA State University San Marco Ursula Wolz, The College of New Jersey

2 Major Themes and Overview Adapt to the culture of the school Collaboration is everything Establish and maintain networks Traditional CS classroom Suzy Science avoids standards Youwen Language arts a natural synergy - Laura ISTE support - Lynn

3 Traditional CS - Suzy 3

4 Computing Pathway Based on ACM K-12 CS Curriculum Correlated with ACM Curriculum and the National Standards for Business Education Developed by collaboration of Georgia DOE, Georgia Tech, and computing teachers from Georgia

5 Computing Pathway Four Year-Long Courses Computing in the Modern World Beginning Programming Intermediate Programming AP Computer Science A. eagerly anticipating the re-structuring of AP courses and reintroduction of 2 nd level course

6 Computing Pathway AP Computer Science courses count toward graduation as the 4 th year of science Starting with class of 2012 Info on the curriculum and its correlations: that is a capital I at the end!

7 CS Endorsement Endorsement added to Teaching Certificate Canʼt be used for initial endorsement Existing CS teachers may submit a portfolio for endorsement DOE, Valdosta State, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw University, AP Computer Science Teachers

8 Breaking Into the Community Where does Computing fall in your state? Contact the State BOE representative for that area (Georgia: Business & Career Tech) and the STEM representative if they have one Contact individual county curriculum directors/ associate superintendents, math and science coordinators, and STEM contact Individual schools Business, math and science chairpersons AP mailing list

9 CS and Science - Youwen 9

10 Background Who am I? Associate Professor, Computer Science and Information Systems Advocate BPC for ALL students through curriculum activities Our projects: (6 th grade, started June 2008) (7 th & 8 th grade, started Jan. 2009) Partner middle schools Local schools with ongoing collaboration with CSUSM High percentage of under-represented groups in STEM Academic Performance Index (API) ranks 5-7

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12 Interdisciplinary Leadership Team Dr. Katherine Hayden, Education Technology, College of Education, CSUSM Dr. Joe Keating, Science Education, College of Education, CSUSM Ms. Nancy Taylor, Science Coordinator, San Diego County Office of Education Science faculty as experts

13 Partnership with Schools Recruitment and recognition for teachers Professional development One day orientation in May One 3-day summer academy per year Two 3-day collaborative lesson study rotations per year Weekday afternoon and Saturday workshops Online community supported via Moodle Teachers as researchers through action research Classroom support and role models from CSIS students District technology policies, resources and constraints

14 An Example: Rich in Technology & Curriculum EarthScope USArray Google Map Interface 6 th Grade Earth Science Concepts

15 CS and Language Arts - Laura 15

16 Interactive Journalism in the Middle School Language Arts Curriculum: What We Teach Fits seamlessly: makes Language Arts activities meaningful Opens the door for cross-curricular discussion Teachers and kids HAVE FUN!

17 IJIMS Summer Program College level collaboration between CS & Journalism (Ursula, Kim Pearson, Monisha Pullimood, Mary Switzer) Middle School collaboration between Language Arts, Technology, Guidance (Laura, Suzanne Gallagher, Mary DiSimone, Jean Gardener, Jill Schwartz) Story Packages Cross curricular focus High interest topics Student centered The Result

18 8 th Grade Reading Curriculum Research Project Completion required for all students Use of technology required Scratch Fits Perfectly Objective: Students will be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the research topic by creating a game/animation that teaches the concept to others.

19 The Result Examples from class Stephanie Heath Powerpoint & Scratch Participating students showed: Increased enthusiasm for the topic Confidence in material presented

20 Scratch in the Language Arts Classroom: Simply Poetic Goal : Write, Design, and Publish kinetic poetry through collaborative computer programming in the language arts What Is Kinetic Poetry? Animated word-image-bodies Text is organized as a film Interacts with sound and image components Genre is reminiscent of music videos

21 The Process View sample kinetic poems Allow students to select partners (to ensure effective collaborative communication) Provide 2-3 days startup exploration with mentoring support Give ample time for exploration, creativity, and problem solving Publish

22 An Example Me and my Skateboard 22

23 Wrap Up and Challenge: How does this inspire you to think outside the box? What insights can you contribute to our projects?

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