Attention High School Principals & Teachers: Academics Announces a New Course in Using Mobile Learning to Teach Computer Science Principles in Connecticut Schools

SPOTLIGHT On EXCELLENCE    Issue 24     March 2013

Attention High School Principals & Teachers:  Academics Announces a New Course in Using Mobile Learning to Teach Computer Science Principles in Connecticut Schools

Please read the following information about the introduction of a new Computer Science course in HPS.  High schools principals and teachers may be interested in teaching this course.  The application deadline for teachers and principals is March 15th, 2013.  


This project is collaboration among Trinity College, the Hartford Public School System, the Connecticut Chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association, and other Hartford area high schools that propose to design, develop, and implement an Advanced Placement (AP) computing course in participating Connecticut high schools.
The course will be based on a mobile Computer Science Principles curriculum, Mobile CSP, which is currently being tested at Trinity College and the Greater Hartford Academy of Mathematics and Science (GHAMAS) as one of the Phase 2 pilot courses of the College Board's CS Principles project.

Project Goals & Outcomes

Student Learning:
1.      To support participating teachers in their teaching of approximately 20-30 classes based on the Mobile CSP model in their schools.
2.      Approximately 300-600 High school students from typically underrepresented groups will take a CS Principles course based on the Mobile CSP model.
3.      Participating students will demonstrate improved skills and attitudes towards computer science. They will express interest in further study of computing and an increase appreciation of the importance of computing in their lives and future careers.
Teachers Education:
1.      Engage Connecticut teachers in an effort to introduce computer science education into Connecticut schools.
2.      To train approximately 30 participating Connecticut high school teachers, in annual 6-week summer workshops, to teach the Mobile CSP curriculum at the high school level.
3.      Teachers will acquire the ability to teach a rigorous AP CS Principles curriculum in their schools. Participating teachers will gain an increased awareness and appreciation of the benefits of computing for 9-12 education.
Teaching Materials and Interventions:
1.      To design, develop, and test appropriate, openly-licensed, teaching materials and strategies based on the Mobile CSP model at the 9-14 grade level.
2.      A well-designed, openly accessible collection of curriculum and teaching resources will be created and disseminated broadly among the 9-14 CS education community.
Time Frame and Stipend:
Teachers (10 per summer) will take a six-week CS Principles course starting in summer 2013 in Hartford and continuing through summers of 2014 and 2015 in other Connecticut cities,
These courses will be taught by the project leaders, with the assistance of project staff and undergraduate teaching assistants. If feasible, teachers from the first year cohort will be invited to help mentor and encourage teachers at the 2014 and 2105 workshops.
The application process will give teachers an opportunity to describe their backgrounds and their plans for incorporating the CS Principles course into their curriculum. Teachers will be compensated ($1000/wk) for their participation during the summer and will receive an additional $1000 for teaching the AP course during the following school year.
Click here for a printable PDF description if the course.
Ralph Minaya
S.T.E.M. Teacher in Residence
Office of Academics
P: 860-695-8486 * F: 860-722-8617
Hartford Public Schools
960 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103

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