Exploring & Creating 101 – Part 2

Happy, happy Hump Day!    Today is the second installment of supporting materials for the performance tasks in CSP.   Find last week’s post, Exploring & Creating – Part 1, as needed.   Part 2 includes notes pages for the student’s journals, teacher-made checklists, and graphic organizers for both PTs.   My hope is that the resources  will … Read more…

Ramping up to Readiness on the Explore PT

It’s time to get serious about exploring innovations in APCSP.   Recently my classes have begun to shift from introduction of topics to inspection/analysis of topics.   The Explore Performance Task is one example of this visible shift in engagement of student participation.  Let me explain. During the 1st nine weeks of school each student … Read more…

Tricks & Treats for Number Conversion

Fall makes me happy…..candy corn, pumpkins, football games, fall festivals and the feel of a fresh autumn breeze.   Aaaaah!   Since last year I’ve been planning to do a better job teaching hexadecimal conversion and somehow work in the use of an October calendar (counting to 31 in binary).   What I have developed are several “unplugged” … Read more…

Interactive Notebooks …. Lessons Learned and Planning for 16-17

Hello, friends!  Gina and I have sneezed our way out of a pollen-filled haze known as springtime in Alabama and are back to finish out the school year strong.  We took a bit of a March blog break but were continually talking, planning and thinking CS teaching.   These days we mostly are talking and thinking about next … Read more…

Origami is like programming…..

…. and let me tell and show you how.   Programming involves solving problems in a creative and accurate way while creating a sequence of coded, ordered steps to accomplish the desired outcome.   Origami is similarly ordered steps with a desired objective:  the neatly and creatively folded paper object. To kick off Semester 2 in my … Read more…

What does Data look like?

This question is loaded and meant to be couched in a pedagogical sense as we think about Data in the CSP course.  Data is a CSP Big Idea, data is a noun, data is a function of devices, data analysis is a procedure and data resides on different platforms and on the cloud.   Data is … Read more…

The Internet of things is here!

We are now in the first part of the Internet portion of our CSP course.   Last week two weeks ago I spent time with my class talking about the layers of abstraction on the Internet, how packets move, how to trace packets, how URL addresses are arranged and so much more. It’s always interesting … Read more…

Embark on a Virtual Field Trip!

In the last two years or so I have had the opportunity to visit NYC a few times — which was a real torment for me (NOT!).   I love NYC!   In prep for the first of the two most recent trips, I was told that there is a great, FREE subway app known … Read more…

Teach Algorithms Early and Often

Last week I had a brainstorm come to me in the wee hours of the morning.  I was up during the dark and early wee hours because I cannot sleep due to have TOO MUCH to do with the start of school yet my mind is dreaming up more to do — go figure!   … Read more…