Administrators from NYC:
What do you really know about the internet, how messages are actually sent from one person to another? When was the last time you heard about a cyber-attack or worried about your privacy and your information being safe and secure?
This new class, AP Computer Science Principles, introduces that to the students of all backgrounds, it engages them in an exploration process from how computers and the internet works. Students work collaboratively to explore concepts, working together to evaluate and analyze concepts using online and project based tools to develop a definition for these concepts through their actions, research, and learning. It isn’t just them sitting down and programming, they are developing life-long learner skills and a comfort with exploration, failure before success, and communication skills. They will be using Danielson/Academic Language throughout the year to not only learn concepts but learn how to describe, analyze, apply, evaluate, construct, and write about their learning. They go on to learn conceptually about programming and at the end learn about data and how to really work with it – something that I know you do on a daily basis, rounding out their Computer Science Introduction while applying various skills developed throughout their other classes.
The best part, it starts with them needing no prior knowledge about computer programming/concepts and they leave with a broad understanding of the computer world around them, the opportunities available and remember it’s an AP Class.
TOPICS We wanted to cover:
- Improve AP numbers and data points
- Student centered learning, project based
- Incorporates learning, analyzing, evaluating (Danielson, Academic Language)
- Spark interest in college and career ready concepts – not just programming, its creating Computer Scientists not just programmers
- Life Long learning skills
- Directly connects with English, Science, Tech, Math