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Survey Reminder - Win a Chromebook!

2014-06-30

Just a quick reminder about the survey. Take only 10-15 minutes of your time for a chance to win a Chromebook! Please complete by July 10th at the latest.
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As the school year reaches a close for many of you, we want to follow up and find out how you used the material from the workshop. Please take about 10-15 minutes to complete the brief survey below. Those who complete it will be given the option to enter their names in a drawing for 2 Chromebooks. We are also looking for a few focus group participants; you can indicate your interest at the end of the survey in the focus group.

Take the Survey
Click the link above or copy and paste the URL below into your browser window:
https://csscholastica.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bd23xNsmAQLV5Hf

Best,
Jen & Chery


Follow Up Survey - Chromebook Drawing

2014-06-10

As the school year reaches a close for many of you, we want to follow up and find out how you used the material from the workshop. Please take about 10-15 minutes to complete the brief survey below. Those who complete it will be given the option to enter their names in a drawing for 2 Chromebooks.

We are also looking for a few focus group participants; you can indicate your interest at the end of the survey in the focus group.

Take the Survey
Click the link above or copy and paste the URL below into your browser window:
https://csscholastica.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bd23xNsmAQLV5Hf

Best,
Jen & Chery


Mobile Computer Science Principles Professional Development

2014-05-24

The Mobile CSP project is an NSF-funded project in Connecticut which has successfully introduced Computer Science Principles to many high schools.  We will offer the Mobile CSP curriculum through an online course in the summer of 2014 through Google’s CS4HS (http://www.cs4hs.com/program. This free course provides high school teachers of all backgrounds the opportunity to learn the basics of computer science principles by creating apps using App Inventor, a visual, blocks-based programming language for Android. This course prepares participants to teach the College Board's proposed new AP course, Computer Science Principles (CSP). The Mobile CSP professional development was piloted face-to-face in Connecticut and an online App Inventor course was offered last summer, both providing insights on creating a quality online professional development experience.

During the 6 weeks, users will learn how to create apps, as well as follow the provided teaching framework.  This framework includes lesson plans, assessments, and pedagogy that are necessary to teach the course to high school students and to support underrepresented groups such as women and minorities. Teachers in the online course will be supported by course instructors and mentor teachers. 


No previous experience in computer science is required to succeed in this course.  We are happy to provide this course at no cost to advance teacher professional development. Those who complete the course may earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and graduate credit. 


Registration deadline for CEUs is June 15, 2014.  Visit our website (https://sites.google.com/a/css.edu/mobilecsp/hometo learn more and to register. Don’t miss out on this opportunity! 


Providers: College of St. Scholastica, Trinity College, University of San Francisco

Duration: 6 weeks

Start date: July 7, 2014

 

We hope to see you online,

Online Mobile Computer Science Principles, cs4hs@css.edu

CS4HS Summer Workshop Survey Reminder

2013-11-01

Hello Everyone! We hope this finds you well! I am writing to ask you to complete the survey on our summer workshop. We realize that some of you have already done the survey but we want to make sure that we did not miss anyone. The survey is completely anonymous. You can access the survey at this link: https://csscholastica.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2mfbx7aujcxBtDn You will also have the option to enter a drawing for a light-weight canvas bag from Google. We are extending the survey deadline by a few days to give a few more people the chance to do the survey. The survey will close on Wednesday, November 6th. Thank you! Chery and Jen


Grades Finalized

2013-08-21

Hello, 

All grades for assessments, including the unit quizzes, the promising practice action plan, the curriculum project and the curriculum project peer review, have been entered into the grade book. 

Two columns were added: one for total points and another for the percent of total points earned. In order to receive a certificate of completion, you needed to earn 80% of the total points.Certificates (in PDF form) will be emailed out starting today. If you have questions about your grade, please contact Jen Rosato (jrosato@css.edu).

For those who earned a certificate and wished to continue in the graduate education course this fall, more information can be found on the Announcements page of the course (https://css-cs4hs.appspot.com/CS4HS2013/announcements). If you have any questions about the graduate course, please contact Chery Takkunen (ctakkune@css.edu).

Best,
Jen & Chery


Today's Webinar - Graduate Credit Option

2013-08-20

Hello Everyone! Here is the link to the webinar for today's session at 11:30 A.M. CST. https://cssac.css.edu/cs4hsgradcredit/ The session will also be recorded and a link to the recorded session will be posted here later today. We recommend that you use Internet Explorer or Safari as your browser for this session. Chery and Jen


Recorded Webinar Session- Graduate Credit Option

2013-08-20

Here is the link to the recorded webinar session. A PDF version of the syllabus is also included in the webinar. https://cssac.css.edu/p4byt7q7c05/ Please email any graduate credit option questions to: Chery Takkunen ctakkune@css.edu The graduate course will begin September 9th and conclude December 1st. As noted in the webinar, we would like you to submit the following information using this form.


Webinar for Graduate Credit Option

2013-08-12

Dear CS4HS Participants, Hello! We hope this message finds you well. I will be hosting a live webinar on Tuesday, August 20th at 11:30 A.M. CST to provide information about the graduate credit option that will occur over the fall 2013 semester. The webinar will be recorded for those who cannot attend live and a link to the recording will be posted here in the announcements section. How to participate: I will be posting a link to the webinar in the announcements on Tuesday morning before the webinar begins. You will be able to enter the webinar from the link. You should use Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari to access the webinar session. This low-cost credit option is offered to workshop participants who completed the workshop assessments and discussions with a score of 80% or higher. I will be providing information on the requirements for the fall course and how to register. Feel free to review the syllabus that was posted in Unit 1. We are also wrapping up the final scores for all of the work you have submitted. As noted earlier, Certificates for the workshop will be sent towards the end of the month. We hope you are enjoying the rest of your summer. Best wishes, Chery and Jen


Update on Peer Reviews & Curriculum Project

2013-08-01

Thank you for your patience with the Peer Review issues! We have spoken to Google and there is a bug with the Course Builder code and/or settings that we're attempting to resolve with them.

Specifically, the issue seems to arise when there are two draft reviews up for a reviewer. The comments and scores from one review might get copied into the other draft review. Then, when they're submitted (if not checked carefully) the wrong review comments and score are submitted.

So, Chery and I are making two adjustments to the course:

#1 - We will manually review and grade all the promising practice action plans late next week. We want to ensure that everyone receives meaningful, valid feedback and grades for their plan.

#2 - You will only be asked to do ONE peer review of a curriculum project.

Best,
Jen & Chery


Assignments & Peer Review Tips

2013-07-29

Just a few reminders about submitting assignments & peer reviews:

  • Don't forget to include the URL of your Google Doc when submitting the assignment. Otherwise, you will receive 0's from those reviewing it. (If you did forget it, contact Jen at jrosato@css.edu)
  • Make sure you changed the sharing permissions to "Anyone with the link". See this video if you're not sure how.
  • If you get an email request that someone wants to view your Google Doc, that probably means you didn't change the sharing settings. See the video above.
  • When reviewing, if you get a submission with a bad URL (i.e. isn't even able to open a Google Doc) then give the assignment 0's and request a new one.  
Thanks for your patience & the care you are taking with the assignments & reviews!

Best, 
Chery & Jen

Unit 5

2013-07-29

As a reminder, Unit 5 opens today, Monday, July 29th. 

Unit 5 includes the following: 
  • CS Unplugged activities on human-computer interaction (HCI)
  • Hangout On Air with Kelly Powers and Padmaja Bandaru
  • U.S. Presidents Quiz App
  • PLC group hangouts on curriculum projects
  • Unit discussion on project (OPTIONAL)
  • Curriculum Project
  • Peer review of 2 projects
  • Post-Assessment (NOT GRADED)
Hangout activities and the curriculum project for those earning a certificate of completion are due by midnight CST on Sunday, August 4th. Peer reviews are due by Friday, August 9th.

Hangout On Air Details: 
The Hangout On Air will be held on Monday, July 29th, 2:45 - 3:45 pm CST and feature Kelly Powers and Padmaja Bandaru, computer science teachers. They will speak about how they mapped their curriculum, including App Inventor materials, to the CSTA standards. If you have questions that you want to ask Kelly & Padmaja, please submit them (starting now, through the end of the presentation) online using Google Moderator. To watch the presentation live, a YouTube video stream will be posted in Unit 5 on the Hangout On Air page (Lesson 5.3) about 5 minutes before 2:45 pm. An archived version will be posted after the presentation has concluded so you can watch it at your convenience. 

Best, 
Jen & Chery

Unit 4

2013-07-22

As a reminder, Unit 4 will open Monday, July 22nd.

Unit 4 includes the following:

  • CS Unplugged activities on sorting
  • Hangout On Air with Lecia Barker from the National Center for Women & Information Technology
  • No Texing While Driving App
  • Promising practices for diversity in computing
  • PLC group hangouts on stereotype threat and unconscious bias
  • Unit discussion on promising practices to increase diversity
  • Unit 4 assessment
  • Promising Practices Action Plan with peer review
All discussion and hangout activities for those earning a certificate of completion are due by midnight CST on Sunday, July 29th.

Hangout On Air Details:
The Hangout On Air will be held on Monday, July 22nd, 12-1 pm CST and feature Lecia Barker. Lecia is a Senior Research Scientist with the National Center for Women & Information Technology working on best practices for supporting underrepresented groups, especially women, in computing. If you have questions that you want to ask Lecia, please submit them (starting now, through the end of the presentation) online using Google Moderator. To watch the presentation live, a YouTube video stream will be posted in Unit 4 on the Hangout On Air page (Lesson 4. 3) about 5 minutes before 12 pm. An archived version will be posted after the presentation has concluded so you can watch it at your convenience.

Best,
Jen & Chery

Checking In and GHO

2013-07-19

Hello Everyone,
 Boy, is it warm up here in Duluth, Minnesota! We are in the 90s with high humidity and thunderstorms are rolling in. Maybe the rain will provide some relief. 

We are writing to provide some context and modifications regarding the video chat option. You should know that including the video chat option in the workshop was a carefully thought out instructional strategy backed by research in online instruction and teacher professional development. Also, our past experiences in providing professional development has informed us that teachers are often limited in their ability to connect with each other due to lack of time and the nature of the teaching workday. We have learned that this is especially true for teachers in the computer science area. Some of you may be the only person teaching computer science in your school or school district.

Therefore, for these and other reasons, we strongly believe that live video discussion is an important component of the workshop and provides a communication option that goes beyond text-based discussions. 

We know that many of you have had very good experiences so far with Google Hangout. Jen and I both had positive experiences with our groups. We also know that some of you are having difficulties and we want to help make sure you are successful. 

Here are some modifications we are implementing to make this 
easier for people. While we are still recommending that you try to participate in a group of 3 or more, we will also accept a group of 2. If you need more time to complete a hangout, please contact your mentor. We want to accommodate your schedule as much as possible.

 Friendly reminders- You don't have to do the hangout with your mentor. Feel free to post requests in your PLC group or in the course forum to find others to participate with. Please post the synthesis of your discussion to your PLC group as well as in the course forum.

While we are recommending Google Hangout, feel free to use another video chat option if this is easier for you. The benefit of GHO is the ability to work with a group of people but you may have another tool that may work better for you. That is fine.

We are already more than half way through the workshop which seems hard to believe! Thank you for being part of the workshop. It is encouraging to see the energy around computer science at the K-12 level.

 Best,
Chery and Jen


Unit 3

2013-07-14

As a reminder, Unit 3 will open Monday, July 15th.  

Unit 3 includes the following:
  • CS Unplugged activities on image representation
  • Hangout On Air with Jeff Forbes from the National Science Foundation
  • Mole Mash app 
  • Shooter Game app
  • CSTA K-12 computer science standards
  • PLC group hangouts on standards and learning the Unit 3 activities
  • Unit discussion on job outlook
  • Unit 3 assessment (opens mid-week)
All discussion and hangout activities for those earning a certificate of completion are due by midnight CST on Sunday, July 21st.

Hangout On Air Details:
The Hangout On Air will be held on Tuesday, July 16th, 12-1 pm CST and feature Jeff Forbes. Jeff is a computer science professor at Duke University on leave with the National Science Foundation and involved in efforts to raise awareness and support K-12 computer science education. If you have questions that you want to ask Jeff, please submit them (starting now, through the end of the presentation) online using Google Moderator. To watch the presentation live, a YouTube video stream will be posted in Unit 3 on the Hangout On Air page about 5 minutes before 12 pm.  An archived version will be posted after the presentation has concluded so you can watch it at your convenience.

Best, 
Jen & Chery

Forum & Grading Updates

2013-07-10

Unit 2 is underway and I can see some have already been in hangouts or started posting about the Unit 2 discussion, which is fantastic!

To keep the forum more organized for the mentors to grade, we strongly encourage you to select only ONE category for each post you make.  For example, just "Unit 2" for this week's discussion.  (This means you're selecting from only one of the drop-down category lists, not from multiple lists.)

For certificate completers regarding the PLC hangouts, we are also going to make a slight change and ask that you post your summary to the discussion forum, under the PLC Unit 2 category, AND send it to your PLC group email. This will make it easier for your group's mentor to find and grade.

Grading information
can be found on the My Profile page in the course. The table on it lists your grades on unit assessments and peer review projects. There is also a link in the first paragraph to a spreadsheet with the grades for discussions and hangouts. (These are only being graded for certificate completers.) You can find your grade on the tab with your mentor's name and then look for your grade code.  If you forgot the grade code you specified when registering, then please contact your mentor.

Best,
Jen & Chery


Hangout on Air Schedule

2013-07-09

Some participants expressed a desire to know all the days/times for the Hangout on Air events with our guest speakers.  The schedule is below.  The live stream and archived videos will all be posted on the Hangout on Air page within each unit.  That page also includes a link to submit a question and a bio for each of the speakers.

  • Unit 2 - Monday, July 8th at 12 pm CST
    Guest Speakers: Dave Wolber & Shaileen Pokress, App Inventor
    Archived version is posted in Unit 2

  • Unit 3 - Tuesday, July 16th at 12 pm CST
    Guest Speaker: Jeff Forbes, National Science Foundation

  • Unit 4 - Monday, July 22nd at 12 pm CST
    Guest Speaker: Lecia Barker, National Center for Women & Information Technology

  • Unit 5 - Monday, July 29th at 2:45 pm CST
    Guest Speakers: Kelly Powers & Padmaja Bandaru, CS teachers

Please make sure you take the time to check the announcements as this is where we will share important information about upcoming events and unit activities. We will send them out as emails but they are also posted in the course under the Announcements page.

Thanks,

Jen & Chery


Unit 2

2013-07-07

As a reminder, Unit 2 will open Monday, July 8th.  

Unit 2 includes the following:

  • CS Unplugged activities on binary numbers
  • Hangout On Air with App Inventor team members 
  • Hello Purr app 
  • Paint Pot app
  • Computational thinking definition and activities across K-12
  • PLC group hangouts on being a learner during the Unit 2 activities
  • Unit discussion on the state of computer science education in your area
  • Unit 2 assessment (opens mid-week)
All assessed activities for those earning a certificate of completion (discussions, PLC hangouts, Unit 2 assessment) are due by midnight CST on Sunday, July 14th.

Hangout On Air Details:
The Hangout On Air will be held on Monday, July 7th, 12-1 pm CST and feature Dave Wolber and Shaileen Pokress.  Dave is the author of the appinventor.org site and accompanying videos and books.  Shaileen is from the MIT App Inventor team and manages the teaching resources and activities.  If you have questions that you want to ask Dave and Shaileen, please submit them (starting now, through the end of the presentation) online using Google Moderator. To watch the presentation live, a YouTube video stream will be posted in Unit 2 on the Hangout On Air page about 5 minutes before 12 pm.  An archived version will be posted after the presentation has concluded so you can watch it at your convenience.

Best, 
Jen & Chery

Professional Learning Communities

2013-07-02

Professional Learning Communities (PLC) will be created this week for everyone who indicated that they were interested in a Certificate of Completion during the registration process.  We will be placing you into groups based on the level and subjects you teach as well as in what context you plan to use App Inventor.  We realize it may not be a perfect match but will do the best we can.

You will be sent an email by Sunday that will introduce you to the mentor teacher assigned to your PLC and an email address to use when you want to communicate just with your PLC group.  This email address will be separate from the forum and announcement emails and specific to your PLC group.

We hope you enjoy getting to know each other in your PLC and that you form ties for the fall term and future years so that you can help each other as you use App Inventor with your students!

Best,
Jen & Chery


Unit 1

2013-07-02

Unit 1 opened yesterday (Monday) - it's great to see everyone so involved on the discussion forum already!

There have been some questions about what is required in Unit 1 as it seems short.  This was a deliberate decision on our part based on our previous experience teaching online courses - and because of the holiday this week.  Unit 1 is all about becoming familiar with the course structure and making sure you can access various parts of the course.  Here are the tasks you should be completing:

  • Post your introduction under Unit 1 discussion category
  • Practice a Hangout with a friend, family member, or someone you connect with in the forums (look under Virtual Coffeehouse --> Live hangouts)
  • Install App Inventor
  • Review the Background Readings
Unit 2 will open next Monday, July 8 in the morning.  Unit 3 will open the following Monday, July 15, and so on for the course.

Best,
Jen & Chery

Google Groups

2013-06-26

If you missed it on the registration confirmation page, here are the two groups you should join: To receive course announcements: cs4hs-css-2013-announcements@googlegroups.com To participate in discussions: cs4hs-css-2013@googlegroups.com Thanks, the CSS CS4HS team


Welcome!

2013-06-25

Welcome to the summer 2013 offering of the CS4HS App Inventor workshop! Unit 1 materials will be available the morning of Monday, July 1st.