Computing and the Common Core
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Southwest Baptist University announces a two-day computing workshop, July 12-13, 2013
Sponsored by a generous grant from Google
- The workshop is designed to introduce teachers to Computational Thinking in multiple disciplines which supports teaching concepts in the Common Core, especially mathematics and business education (programming)
- Scratch, a free computing environment designed at MIT will be supplied with the workshop
- The workshop includes a brief introduction to the proposed Advanced Placement Computer Science course to be used beginning in 2015
- $200 stipend for teachers who complete the workshop
- Some meals and refreshments provided
- Lesson Plans and Software
- Optional Graduate Credit: 1 hour**
* A $50 deposit will be required to reserve your spot in the workshop. Seating is limited. The deposit will be returned at the end of the workshop.
**$110 fee will be required.
This workshop track will introduce teachers to Scratch, a free computer program from MIT Media Labs for middle school and high school students and lets them create:
Scratch is visually appealing, fun and reinforces key problem-solving concepts that all students should know. Wouldn’t you like your students to think more creatively, reason more systematically, and work better collaboratively?
Scratch uses a metaphor of puzzle pieces to control images on the screen. Each piece performs one task, but they snap together, like puzzle pieces, to make more complex actions. In seconds, students can have animals (or any image they choose) scurrying around the screen, making sounds.
Best of all, the applications of Scratch will illustrate and reinforce the Missouri Common Core standards. The examples used in the workshop will be appropriate for inclusion in K12 classrooms wishing to use innovative techniques for teaching and learning the Common Core standards.
Professor Tim DeClue, Chair of the SBU CIS Department, Professor Baochuan Lu, Professor James Cain and Professor Jeff Kimball, along with help from several college students at SBU, will conduct the workshop to address the goals described above. There will be an approximate 1:3 teacher/student ratio.