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Intro to Computer Science

On-Line for the 2020-2021 School Year

Teacher: Rebekah Lang

Email: rclang1@gmail.com

Course DescriptionClick here for an introductory video!  Intro to Computer Science is a pre-AP course designed for students in grades 6 and up. I will be using resources adapted for our unique online course format from Code.org's Computer Science Discoveries curriculum as well as the Exploring Computer Science curriculum. Here's a 2 page curriculum overview!

In this course, you will

You will be interacting with your classmates and the teacher primarily through Schoology.com, email, and weekly live class meetings via Zoom. I strongly encourage students to attend the live meetings, but I also record them for asynchronous viewing later. During those live meetings, I will review upcoming homework assignments, teach key concepts, encourage student presentations and chat, and utilize adapted cooperative learning strategies to engage all students in the class and build a community of learners. On Schoology, you will participate in discussions, submit projects, post resources, upload homework, and complete assessments. We will also have some partner coding and group projects activities during the year.

Who Should Apply: Anyone interested in creative problem solving, logical thinking, and learning! This course introduces middle and high school students to computer science with plenty of hands-on, "unplugged" lessons that can be completed independently or with family and friends. Intro to Computer Science is a good pre-AP course for students not quite ready for the challenges of an AP computer science course.

Prerequisites: There are none! As the name suggests, this course is an introduction to computer science. Its goal is to make computer science accessible and interesting for all! High school students with a background in coding or computer science might want to consider AP Computer Science Principles or AP Computer Science A instead.

Application. 

Required Materials:

Technical Requirements:

Course Fee: Early Bird Fee $550 (good before July 1, 2020). Applicants utilizing a staggered payment plan are not eligible for the Early Bird discount. Regular Tuition Fee $650 (July 1, 2020 or later). Audit: $300.

Course Schedule: 

You can attend the weekly live meetings via Zoom on Tuesdays from 10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT. If at least 20 students enroll in the course, I will survey those enrolled for availability and offer a second live meeting time as well. 

Class will run Monday, September 14 through approximately Friday, May 14, 2021, except for the following breaks:

The majority of the classwork is assigned and due weekly, so students can schedule around other holidays or needed days off.

Instructor Qualifications: This will be my second year teaching this course for PA Homeschoolers (and my fourth year teaching computer science for them overall)! I am a lifelong teacher and learner who has taught in public, charter, private and online for PA Homeschoolers, for middle and high school students, for the past 10 years. Click here to view my resume for my general professional qualifications and experiences. Additionally, I was homeschooled, so I understand how diverse, independent, intelligent and engaged homeschool students are. I'm excited to be able to offer this course to work alongside students and parents to explore computer science!

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