Wednesday, September 15, 2010

CS Methods Sept 16 2010


Course Outline and assignments

How many of your students will go on to take CS in university or college?
  • - what are the implications of that for teaching your class?
  • - what do you want them to learn?
  • - does that effect what language you will use?
  • - does that mean you should lower your standards/expectations?
Rules about cheating - what is ‘cheating’ in CS? We all borrow code or code ideas. What are the limits?

School visits - choose 3 Mondays

Using Scratch to teach CS - John Maloney
    - is this just 'watering down' the CS course or is it the way to interest students in CS?
    - why would you NOT use this?

CS curriculum - from Man Ed
    - new ideas about GLOs 1 - 3
   - GLO 4 - technology
       - what's typical, what's unusual
      - does the sequence make sense? What alternate sequence could you use?
      - is it just another math course?

So - how should we get them started with CS?
What are different ways of getting them used to code?
  • Give code with blanks to fill in
  • Give code with simple errors
  • Use templates that they can adapt

This is not just another math course!
x we need other examples and graphics and movement and ..........
x CS language skills / social skills / problem solving skills
x different aspects of CS - what should they know?

Jane McGonigal on TED and why we need to game more!
George Dyson on TED on The development of computers


Shared Google calendar - add your due dates.
Netvibes, google reader or another RRS reader.
Class wiki - request access
Gliffy - try it out

For next class - look at
- ten Golden Rules for Teaching Computer Science
       (great ideas, but what are the problems?)

Linked on my page are:

- the CS Teacher blog -
- and check the CSTA blog -

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