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Mobile CSP Curriculum Changes

Dear Mobile CSP Community,


As we get closer to the end of the school year and the beginning of the Mobile CSP Summer 2016 Professional Development, we wanted to make you aware of some changes that we will be making to the Mobile CSP curriculum and course sites.


The following are a list of changes that will occur by the end of July 2016:

  • Lesson order -- You will see that we are moving some lessons to new locations in the curriculum and that some lessons are being made optional. After the changes are completed, a list of the lessons in the new order will be shared and posted on the Resources page as well as in Unit 1 of the Teach Site.

  • Lesson plans improved

    • Icons to help identify big ideas and key lesson components

    • Standardized sections in each lesson plan including Materials, Lesson Activities, Assessments, Differentiation, Teaching Tips, and Background Knowledge

    • Collapsible text areas to provide an at a glance review of the lesson

    • Estimated length of lessons which will be standardized to 45 and 90 minutes

  • More activities added into some lessons

    • Some CSP lessons will be POGILized (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning).

    • Additional interactive activities for lessons such as Hardware/Software and Steganography to reduce the dependence on lecture/video presentation.

  • Revision of lessons

    • TinyWebDB lesson may be changed to use FireBase.


Regards,

The Mobile CSP Team

(Ralph Morelli, Chinma Uche, Jennifer Rosato, Chery Takkunen, Pauline Lake, Cassandra Beckworth, Lawrence Baldwin)



UPDATE: Performance Tasks and Rubrics

The College Board has released updated Performance Tasks and rubrics for the AP CS Principles course. In an effort to make sure our materials are current, we have made the switch to the Fall 2015 versions of the Performance Tasks and their rubrics.

Effective immediately, please begin using these new tasks and rubrics.
 
For now, we've left the old versions accessible, but we will eventually take them down (most likely in February 2016).

The following have been updated:

  • Create: Programming Performance Task #1 
  • Explore: Impact of Computing Innovations Performance Task #1 
  • Explore: Impact of Computing Innovations Performance Task #2 
  • Create: Programming Performance Task #2 
Questions/Concerns?
-Mobile CSP CT teachers, please contact Pauline
-Mobile CSP Online teachers, please contact your mentor or Jen
-All other inquiries should be sent to mobilecsp.trincoll@gmail.com

 Regards,
-The Mobile CSP Team


Hangout on Tuesday, Oct. 7th

For next Tuesday's hangout (Oct. 7th), I've included a quick poll to find the best time and to gather input on some topics beforehand. A few have submitted so far including interest in grading (both formative exercises and portfolios) and copyright/plagiarism. Please take a minute and give us your input - even if you can't attend and plan to watch the archive! :-)

Jen


Research Opportunity & Hangout Update

If you are teaching the Mobile CSP curriculum this year, we have an opportunity for you to participate in research and earn a $500 stipend. Please review Unit 8, Lesson 4 to learn more. (If you are teaching the curriculum over the next three years in the United States, this opportunity will be available then as well.)

Also, if you were unable to attend the hangout in person last week, an archived recording is posted in Unit 8, Lesson 1. There is also a link to the event page for the next hangout where you can RSVP and post questions ahead of time. Please feel free to post questions even if you will not be able to attend in person but will be watching the video later.

If you are not receiving these announcements via email, but would like to, you can change your membership settings in the Google Group. Learn more.

Best,
Online Mobile CSP 


Hangout Reminder

Just a reminder that out first academic year hangout is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, September 10th at 7 pm CDT/12 am GMT. A link to the event and the live stream are posted in Unit 8, Lesson 1. (A link to the recording will be posted here after the hangout.)

If you have questions that you would like addressed - even if you cannot attend the hangout, please visit the event page and submit them by clicking the Q&A icon (the blue callout box). You can also RSVP for the event there, too.

Thanks,
Jen


During the School Year

Many of you are starting or have started your school year. We wish you the best as you embark on a new year with new students and courses!

A few updates...

  1. Our first hangout will be on Wednesday, September 10th at 7 pm CDT. This hangout will be to touch base on how the first week of classes went and answer any questions about updates to the course or issues using it with students.
  2. Each lesson on the Teach branch has a new set of questions about how teaching the lesson went in your setting. We would appreciate your taking the time to complete them when you finish teaching it in your course.
  3. We will be removing the CourseBuilder peer grading aspect of the projects on the student side - the projects themselves will remain, peer review will just not be an option, as well as working to delete the red text with directions specific to the summer teacher participants.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to post them in the forum. As a reminder, the forum we have been using this summer is now only on the Teach branch. (There is a student forum on the Mobile CSP branch that you may choose to use with your students.)

Best,
Online Mobile CSP Team
Ralph, Dave, Chery & Jen

Forums

The forums have now been updated. The Teach branch will continue to have the same forum, however the student facing branch (Mobile CSP) has a new forum just for them.


Unit 8 & Updates

We released an extra unit on the teach side earlier this week: Unit 8 - Moving Forward. There is no content that you need to learn, rather it's about next steps for the course, hangouts during the academic year, etc. We will keep updating this unit in response to participants and requests for more information.

If you've started the final exam (delivered via email, similar to surveys) but haven't finished it, please get it in as soon as possible! We will be grading them this week. And, if you've started the Create project but haven't finished it, please get that finished as soon as possible. Mentors are being assigned them to grade this week.

Also, for those of you who took the pre-course survey, you should have received a post-course survey a few days ago. We appreciate you taking the time to complete it by Wednesday.

And thank you all for a wonderful summer! We have all been very impressed with the work you put into the course and the enthusiasm you have for bringing computer science to your students.

Best,
Jen, Ralph, Dave & Chery



Unit 7 & Final Assessments

Unit 7 is mostly complete, except for lesson 7.8 and the pedagogy on the Teach side. We are working to get these done as soon as possible, hopefully within the next day. Our apologies for the delay, but we thank you in advance for your patience! :-)

The unit focuses on the Internet, how it works, how it affects our lives, and security considerations for using it. Active recruiting strategies will be discussed as part of the pedagogy lesson.

This week, open office hours via hangout will be held on Thursday, August 13th, 3-4 pm CDT and Sunday, August 17th, 7-8 pm CDT. More information can be found in Lesson 7.12 of the Teach branch.

Create Performance Task #2: Just a reminder that this is due for Explorers, Trailblazers and Scouts next Friday, August 22nd. Anyone who wants a certificate needs to complete this task.

Final Exam: The exam will be sent out via email by Larry Baldwin, the project evaluator. We are aiming for Friday to have these emails come out.

Follow Up: Certificates will be sent out in late August, hopefully by September 1st, but possibly as late as September 15th depending on how many students complete the course. We will also be hosting periodic hangouts for those using the material during the school year. We want to support you throughout the process of teaching the course, not just taking it. We will be adding much of this information (and some follow up items that teachers have asked for - portfolio solutions!) in a Unit 8. Unit 8 will be coming up next week and updated on a continuing basis.

Please let us know via the forum or cs4hs@css.edu if you have any questions about the course.

Best,
Online Mobile CSP team
(Jen, Ralph, Chery & Dave)

Unit 6

Unit 6 is now open - but not quite complete. We're running behind a little bit, but will have all the lessons available tomorrow. Our apologies for the delay, but we thank you in advance for your patience! :-)

The unit focuses on data and information and how computing has enabled the processing and analyzing of ever increasing amounts of data being collected in our society. Suggestions for teaching the Mobile CSP curriculum in a flipped style are shared as well.

This week, open office hours via hangout will be held on Thursday, August 7th, 5-6 pm CDT and Friday, August 8th, 9-10 am CDT. More information can be found in Lesson 6.13 of the Teach branch.

Explore Performance Task: Just a reminder that this is due for Trailblazers and Scouts this Friday, August 8th. It's not required, but recommended for Explorers.

Please let us know via the forum or cs4hs@css.edu if you have any questions about the course.

Best,
Online Mobile CSP team
(Jen, Ralph, Chery & Dave)


Explore: Investigate Innovation Performance Task

The second performance task is now available on both the student and teach branches of the course. You can access it from the course home page, listed after Unit 5. In contrast to the collaborative programming task, this task is to be completed individually.

This task focuses on researching and writing about an innovation related to computing. Students are asked to investigate the innovation's technical, economic, and social impacts in a series of structured writing prompts.

  • Scouts & Explorers - this task is optional; if you choose to do it, it will be reviewed by your peers.
  • Trailblazers & Scholars - this task is required; it should be completed by Friday, August 8th

Best,
Online Mobile CSP team
(Chery, Dave, Jen and Ralph)


Unit 5

The problem human beings face is not that we aim too high and fail, but that we aim too low and succeed.
— Michelangelo

Unit 5 is now officially open. The unit focuses on algorithms and the use of procedures in programming with App Inventor, expanding your horizons and allowing you and your students to reach for more complex and useful apps.  Tips for creating a welcoming physical environment in the classroom are shared.

This week, open office hours via hangout will be held on Thursday, July 31st, 4-5 pm CDT and Sunday, August 3rd, 9-10 am CDT. More information can be found in Lesson 5.13 of the Teach branch.

Create #1 Update: We have extended the deadline for Scouts/Explorers for the task until August 22nd. Our goal is to support you in being successful in completing as much of the course as you can. If you're behind now, we encourage you to keep working at it and asking questions!

Please let us know via the forum or cs4hs@css.edu if you have any questions about the course.

Best,
Online Mobile CSP team
(Jen, Ralph, Chery & Dave)


Unit 4

There is always a step small enough from where we are to get us to where we want to be. If we take that small step, there’s always another we can take, and eventually a goal thought to be too far to reach becomes achievable.
— Ellen Langer

Unit 4 is now officially open. Completing it lesson-by-lesson is a small step towards your goal of completing the unit, and eventually, this course. The unit focuses on simulation and modeling, which falls under the big idea of abstraction. The use of growth mindset as a pedagogical tool is introduced.

This week, open office hours via hangout will be held on Wednesday, July 23rd, 8-9 am CDT and Thursday, July 24th, 8-9 pm CDT. More information can be found in Lesson 4.11 of the Teach branch.

Please let us know via the forum or cs4hs@css.edu if you have any questions about the course.

Best,
Online Mobile CSP team
(Jen, Ralph, Chery & Dave)


Forums & Create Performance Task #1

Forums

There was some confusion over which forum to post in - the Teach Mobile CSP or the Mobile CSP one. The Teach Mobile CSP forum was seeing the heaviest use so we are now using that for both branches of the course. (If you click on Mobile CSP Forums, you will see the Teach Mobile CSP forum.) This will give everyone access to the same forum in both courses. When fall arrives, after the course is over, we will switch it back to the Mobile CSP forum for students to use. (Quick update: you can still access the Mobile CSP forum outside the course here.)

Create Performance Task #1

College Board will be requiring a final exam and two performance tasks to earn credit for the AP Computer Science Principles course. So, we have included these in our summer course as well. This week, we have released the Create: Programming Performance Task #1. This should give you and your students some early practice with the performance task format before completing the final one. It is listed on the course home page after Unit 3. Trailblazers and Scholars are required to do this and it will be graded by your mentor teachers. This first task is optional (though recommended) for Explorers and Scouts and will be graded by your peers in the course. More details can be found on in the performance task directions and instructor materials.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask them in the forum. As a teacher, I'm sure you encourage your students to ask questions frequently and may tell them, "If you have a question, it's likely someone else has the same question." Even more true in an online class of this size! :-)

Best,
Online Mobile CSP Team
Jen, Chery, Dave and Ralph


Unit 3

"It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer." —Albert Einstein
If you've been struggling with Unit 2, rest assured Albert Einstein might have struggled, too. We want to encourage you to keep trying, even if you haven't finished Unit 2 yet!

Unit 3 is now officially open for both the Teach Mobile CSP and Mobile CSP branches of the course. You may have noticed that a good portion of it became open last week for the face-to-face participants at Trinity College. We will do the same soft launch of Unit 4 this week. Please feel free to work ahead if that fits your schedule better.

This week, open office hours via hangout will be held on Wednesday, July 16th, 9-10 am CDT and Thursday, July 17th, 8-9 pm CDT. More information can be found in Lesson 3.13 of the Teach branch.

A Resources page has been added to the course navigation bar. This includes links to the Staff page, related websites, the course expectations for Explorers, Trailblazers, and Scholars, and a link to a spreadsheet of participant portfolios.

Thank you to everyone who has completed the survey so far! If you haven't done so, you should have received an email from Larry Baldwin, our evaluator, last week with a link to a personalized survey.

Please let us know via the forum or the cs4hs@css.edu if you have any questions about the course.

Best,
Online Mobile CSP team
(Jen, Ralph, Chery & Dave)


UPDATE: Trinity Servers Back Up and Running

Hi all, The Trinity servers are back up and running! You can now click the link to open the I Have a Dream project file in App Inventor (and the links for other subsequent lessons). Please note that it does take some time for the project to load in App Inventor. After clicking the link, please wait a bit for the project file to load. I hope everyone is doing great so far! -Pauline (Mobile CSP Teaching Consultant and Mentor)


Unit 2

We're excited to get started on the course today!

Unit 2 is now open for both the Teach Mobile CSP and Mobile CSP branches of the course. This unit includes the first App Inventor tutorials and an introduction to the concept of abstraction, especially as it can be seen in hardware and software fundamentals.

This week, open office hours via hangout will be held on Tuesday, July 8th, 10-11 am CDT and Friday, July 11th, 8-9 pm CDT. More information can be found in Lesson 2.11 of the Teach branch.

We will be adding a page with more information about the course instructors, mentors, and our community teaching assistant later this week. We will also be posting the requirements for the various certificate levels and a link to a pre-workshop survey. Look for these early this week.

Please let us know via the forum or the cs4hs@css.edu if you have any questions about the course.

Best,
Online Mobile CSP team
(Jen, Ralph, Chery & Dave)


Urgent- Server Down

Hi all, Unfortunately, the server is currently down at Trinity College. If you are trying to complete the I Have a Dream tutorial, please follow the instructions in the video to download the project file from appinventor.org/starterApps You will not be able to click the link to open the project directly in App Inventor. Sorry for the inconvenience. I will let you know when our server is back up. -Pauline (Mobile CSP Teaching Consultant and Mentor)


Welcome to Teach Mobile CSP!

Unit 1 for both course branches (Teach Mobile CSP and Mobile CSP) is open. Please make sure to remember to sign up for the announcements group (see Lesson 1.6 in Teach Mobile CSP). Once you sign up, you will receive announcements in your email (about once per week).

Best,
CS4HS Mobile CSP Team