Computer Science Today
Jun. 11, 2015

New Advanced Placement computer science course planned for 2016
Education Week
In an effort to increase the number and diversity of high school students taking computer science, the College Board will launch a new Advanced Placement course in fall 2016 that teaches a broader range of computing skills. The AP Computer Science Principles course, an alternative to the existing AP Computer Science A course, is already being piloted in hundreds of high schools, said Lien Diaz, a senior director of AP Computer Science for the College Board, which develops the courses and administers the exams.More

Could storytelling be the secret sauce to STEM education?
In the short story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," author Ursula Le Guin describes a utopian city that has everything people want or need — beauty, religion, happiness — but it's all possible because one child is kept in the dark, separated from all joy and light. Citizens of the city have to go and see this boy, but some can't take the guilt and walk away. After reading the story, Lev Fruchter and his class talk about what elements make up utopia and use the conversation as a jumping-off point to talk about equations. They talk about adding good things and multiplying them if they’re really great or, inversely, subtracting things that make people unhappy and dividing the really bad elements. This is all a way of thinking about the math that will eventually run a computer program.More

The new literacy: Computer coding
Almost everything we use requires computer coding. Our cellphones, laptops, cars, planes, security systems and more operate, in part, because of these written codes. Experts say the industry is exploding and more schools need to teach it. CBS 2's Kate Sullivan introduces us to a coding curriculum creator and some coding kids. Students learning computer coding at Middlefork Elementary in Northfield are among the minority. They attend coding club and find fun in the lessons.More

UC San Diego develops sustainable computer science courses for K-12
THE Journal
The San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego is launching a three-year initiative to help three school districts in the region keep their computer science courses up-to-date with rapid changes in technology. The initiative, called Computer Science — Creating a Village for Educators, has received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to address the disparity between rates of change in the technology industry and K-12 computer science curricula. States conduct major revisions of their curriculum standards approximately once each decade, whereas advances in the computer science industry occur every few months or years. More

Robots invade: Schools incorporate robotics into school subjects
Robots are invading Washington County, or at least the art classroom and after-school programs at Claysville Elementary School and Fort Cherry School District. Thanks to a recent Spark Grant for Early Learning from the Sprout Foundation, fourth-grade students at Claysville Elementary have learned to construct "art robots." Art robots, or drawing machines, are part of a new Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics curriculum framework instituted this year at the school. More

Women in science: Poor self-perceived ability in math leads to less female scientists, STEM subjects
Medical Daily
As the rate of women enrolled in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects is still fairly low relative to their male counterparts, researchers are wondering what it is about the realm of math and science that is keeping women away. They know it is not that women are incapable; in fact, women have proved themselves capable time and time again, especially in the U.K., where women taking two-year vocational courses in science and mathematics are outpacing their fellow male students.More

Digital literacy: Unlocking technology's potential
Scholastic Magazine
With 1:1 technology initiatives and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programs increasingly being implemented in schools across the globe, the need for digital literacy education has become more important than ever. Although technology enables students to access more information in much less time, it does not always foster learning. Teaching digital literacy helps to manage all of the benefits of technology while helping students understand how to safely weed through the vast amounts of information online.More