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Computational Thinking for K-12 Educators Capstone

University of California San Diego

In the "Computational Thinking for K-12 Educators Capstone" course, educators will gain the expertise to support students in completing the Advanced Placement Principles Create Task. This comprehensive program equips educators to interpret and apply the Create Task rubric to real student work, providing guidance to help students navigate the challenges of open-ended projects while meeting specific criteria. Additionally, participants will craft resources to aid students in their project endeavors while also completing their own Create Task assignment. Throughout the course, educators will reflect on their algorithm design, abstraction utilization, and challenges faced during the task, ultimately preparing to effectively guide students through the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles Create Task.

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Computational Thinking for K-12 Educators Capstone
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This course features comprehensive modules that will equip educators with the necessary skills and knowledge to guide students through the Advanced Placement Principles Create Task. Participants will delve into various aspects such as interpreting the Create Task rubric, providing guidance to students, and completing their own Create Task assignment with reflection on the design and challenges faced.

Capstone: Week 1

Welcome to Week 1 of the Capstone project. In this module, educators will gain an understanding of the significance of the AP CS Principles Create Task and its relevance in student programming projects. They will also explore the application of algorithms, abstraction, and creativity in student work, and address potential questions and concerns that may arise. Educators will be equipped with essential resources and instructions for the Create Performance Task, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the task's requirements and ethical considerations.

Capstone: Week 2

Week 2 focuses on further refining educators' understanding of the AP CS Principles Create Task. Educators will delve into the practical application of the task, leveraging their knowledge to guide students effectively. This module will provide educators with the necessary tools to help students navigate the challenges associated with open-ended projects, ensuring that the final programming project meets the specified criteria. Educators will gain valuable insights into modifying the Create Task for their own educational settings.

Capstone: Week 3

During Week 3, educators will continue to build upon their knowledge and skills, preparing resources to support students through the challenges of open-ended projects. The module focuses on equipping educators with the expertise to help students successfully complete their final programming projects, fostering creativity and problem-solving skills. Educators will learn to address the specific challenges associated with student-designed projects, ensuring that the projects meet the required specifications.

Capstone: Week 4

Week 4 marks the culmination of the course, where educators will complete their own Create Task assignment. They will reflect on their experiences and challenges encountered during the task, providing valuable insights that will enable them to effectively guide students through the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles Create Task. Educators will be fully prepared to support students in achieving success in their programming projects, utilizing their newfound knowledge and skills.

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