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Computer Science for Middle School and High School Teacher Workshop

August 21st & 22nd, 2017

(Make Sure To Look below for RU4HS Agenda Too!! And look at the very bottom for session descriptions!)





Session Descriptions

Question Writing Workshop:
Assessments are used for a variety of purposes, both inside and outside the classroom. To make the most of these assessments, it is essential that test writers (including classroom teachers) follow best practices to ensure the fairness and validity of their tests. In this session, we will share some best practices for measuring student knowledge and skills in computer science. 

Developing Problem Solving Skills (Puzzle-Based Learning)
Dr. Meyer will begin with an exploration into the evolution of the human brain and how our species developed problem solving skills.  He will discuss some of the vestigial features of the human brain that can actually prevent your students from reaching the level of deep thought needed to solve challenging problems. Following this he will briefly discuss the importance of developing problem solving skills in young people.  The main part of his presentation will be a problem-solving workshop in which he goes over some problem-solving strategies with many examples that can be used in the classroom.  Finally, he will present numerous ideas for infusing problem solving throughout the school.

Adam will present the Bootstrap curriculum as an introduction to the curriculum by highlighting the key points and concepts as they relate to math.  Bootstrap is unique from other programming curriculums because of the direct connections between algebra and real-world programming skills.  These experiences are concrete and tangible for students, with the added benefit that the verbiage and experience carry back into the math classroom.  Bootstrap is an incredibly powerful curriculum for CS teachers and math teachers alike.  

Integrating CSTA Standards into Middle School

Computer science education is expanding rapidly in K-12. With this expansion comes new curriculum and new models of how to teach computer science in schools. The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) has the only national standards for CS education available today. These standards offer a glimpse into how computing can be used in schools. Drawing on examples from NYC public schools and the CSforAll Consortium, Dr. DeLyser will offer a landscape of middle school computer science, and highlight examples of integrating CS content into 6-8 classrooms.

Any Questions?  Please direct them to: ru.cs4hs@gmail.com

Sponsored by Google, and brought to you by the Department of Computer Science at Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey