BJC was chosen as one of the initial pilots for a new "AP CS:
Principles" exam to be introduced in 2015. The purpose of this course
is to attract nontraditional computing students (especially women and
minorities, but also English majors) to the breadth and depth of ideas
in modern computer science. The National Science Foundation wants to
prepare 10,000 new high school computer science teachers to teach the
new AP course by 2015 (the "CS10K" effort). Under their CE21
(Computing Education for the 21st Century) initiative, we were funded
to provide free intensive eight-week summer workshops for high school
teachers, including two weeks of face-to-face training, one before and
one after six weeks of our online course. This talk will review the
status of all of these projects, the development of Build Your Own
Blocks (BYOB), a graphical programming environment based on MIT's
Scratch that is used in the curriculum, and how faculty, students
and high school teachers can engage with these important efforts..
Paste http://www.cs.rutgers.edu/cs/media/Lectures/DanGarciaJanuary2012/ into your browser to watch and listen to Dr. Garcia!