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Expansion of AP computer science draws more girls and minorities

The Seattle Times – Nick Anderson

“Ten years ago, girls were so scarce in high school computer science classes that the number of female students taking Advanced Placement tests in that subject could be counted on one hand in nine states. In five others, there were none. Latino and African-American students were also in short supply, a problem that has bedeviled educators for years and hindered efforts to diversify the high-tech workforce.” (more)

Encoding Literacy in Computer Science

Edutopia – Peg Grafwallner

“Good, solid literacy instruction is the right of every student and the responsibility of all educators. School leaders recognize the need for literacy instruction to become a schoolwide priority—in all courses, not just English and the humanities. To support that position, I met with our computer science teacher at the end of last year. We discussed ways he could assist his students in reading this year. As we analyzed one of his lessons, I noticed the multitude of directions students needed to follow to create an accurate program. We surmised that if students worked on comprehending the directions, they might find greater success in the class, on the exam, and hopefully throughout their academic courses.”(more)

10 Hour of Code activities students will love

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“It’s that time of year again–the Hour of Code is (almost) here. The Hour of Code is just that–one hour of coding, done at any point during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 4-10). Educators can find all the information they need here, such as how to get started, which activities to choose and how to promote computer science on a regular basis.”(more)

Computational Thinking Across the Curriculum

Edutopia – Eli Sheldon

“As defined by Jeannette Wing, computational thinking is “a way of solving problems, designing systems, and understanding human behavior by drawing on the concepts of computer science.” To the students at my school, it’s an approach to tackling challenging questions and ambiguous puzzles. We explicitly integrate computational thinking into all of our classes, allowing students to draw parallels between what they’re learning and how they’re approaching problems across all disciplines.”(more)

3 Lessons Learned From Education Technology Research

The U.S. News and World Report – Staff Writer

“School district administrators and principals are inundated with salesmen peddling computers and software programs. Many claim that scientific research proves their wares work. Can they be believed? The researchers at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), an organization inside the economics department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, scoured academic journals, the internet and evaluation databases and found only 113 studies on using technology in schools that were scientifically rigorous.”(more)

Ten Years Ago Fewer Than 3,000 Girls Took the AP CS Exam. Now There Are Nearly 30,000

Ed Surge – Jenny Abamu

” Educators and students around the nation are celebrating the completion this year’s Computer Science Advanced Placement (AP) Exam. Students are mostly celebrating the fact that it’s over, but teachers are excited that data (released from this morning) indicates a record number of students, in particular girls and minorities, taking the exam. According to data from College Board and, the Computer Science Principles AP course had 111,262 test takers, including 29,708 girls and 22,199 underrepresented minorities taking the exam—an increase of over 100 percent since 2016 for both groups.”(more)