Friday, June 10, 2016

Exploring Computer Science

For the past five days, I have been participating in a professional development to bring Exploring Computer Science (ECS) to my district.  One of the tasks was to create an elevator speech about what ECS encompasses, so here it is:

Exploring Computer Science is designed to bring rich experiences to high school students by providing them with opportunities to create, design, analyze, problem solve and engage with data.  These computational practices make computer science tangible, authentic and engaging to them, with many of the lessons accessible without a computer at all.  Throughout the course, students are led through tasks that ignite problem-solving, curiosity, and reflection in a way that transfers deep understanding of a wide range of computer science concepts.  The three strands of equity, inquiry and computer science concepts are woven seamlessly into the curriculum to ensure that all students, regardless of background, have access to a field that has traditionally been perceived as complex and unattainable. The entire program that is complete with an entire curriculum, professional development sequence and pedagogical approach ensures equity and access to the field of computer science in an unprecedented way.

Here is a video I made to cap off the week of learning: