Intro to Computer Science
On-Line for the 2019-2020 School Year
Teacher: Rebekah Lang
Course Description: Click here for an introductory video! Intro to Computer Science is a pre-AP course designed for students in grades 6-10. 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.
In this course, you will
- Build problem solving skills and learn to become a computational thinker
- Understand how computers use algorithms, logic, and math to run programs
- Create a website using HTML and CSS inside Code.org’s Web Lab environment
- Discuss the issues of data security, privacy, and social responsibility online
- Work with "unplugged" activities at home and complete "plugged" online
- Gather and analyze and report on data, while considering how computers work with big data
- Discover the relationship between hardware and software with AdaFruit Circuit Playground
You will be interacting with your classmates and the teacher primarily through Schoology.com, email, and “live” class sessions. The weekly "live" class sessions are encouraged, but also recorded for asynchronous viewing. You can attend the "live" sessions on Mondays from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm 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. During those small class sessions, 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 attempt to 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. Students should click on the link to complete the application. I will review applications semi-weekly and reply with directions for your next step! (If you're eligible for my course, I'll refer you to PA Homeschoolers for payment, add you to my class list, and, in August, email you directions for our "live" meetings and Schoology setup.)
- We will be using material available free from Code.org, ExploringCS.org and other online sources
- You will also need the following materials:
- Normal school supplies (pens, pencils, coloring, scissors, extra paper)
- A deck of cards
- Aluminum foil
- An Adafruit Circuit Playground Board (available online for $29.95; if you are signing up with a sibling or nearby friend, you can share a board!)
- A micro USB cable
- A headset is recommended (but optional) for the live chats.
- Computer with audio and high-speed internet access, and the ability to support the AdaFruit Playground Board (compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux and Chromebook)
- A Gmail account
Course Fee: Early Bird Fee $550 (good before July 1, 2019). Applicants utilizing a staggered payment plan are not eligible for the Early Bird discount. Regular Tuition Fee $650 (July 1, 2019 or later). Audit: $300.
Course Dates: Monday, September 9 through approximately Friday, May 8, 2020. Students have off November 25 - 29 for Thanksgiving break, December 23 - January 3 for winter break, and April 10 - 17 for spring break. The majority of the classwork is assigned and due weekly, so students can schedule around other holidays or required days off.
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