New Curriculum Review: UTeach Computer Science Principles

UTeach CS PrinciplesLearning List has reviewed UTeach Computer Science (CS) Principles. This comprehensive product supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles courses. Content is available in a web-based format and may be downloaded as a PDF. Instruction is project-based and emphasizes collaborative learning activities that develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Student materials are available at no cost. [Read more…]

UTeach CS Principles is organized in learning progressions that provide the context for and the application of computer science concepts. Units are grouped in terms of “Core,” “Application,” and “Exhibition” learning activities.  Core units cover computational thinking, programming, and data representation. Application is made up of three units that address digital media processing, big data, and innovative technologies. Exhibition is a single unit that contains the College Board’s “Explore” and “Create” performance tasks for AP Computer Science Principles.

Teachers are advised to participate in UTeach professional development prior to teaching with CS Principles materials. Training is offered in a five-day summer workshop or in a six-week online course. Professional development addresses the course, its materials, and UTeach’s approach to project-based learning. Training covers the College Board’s requirements for AP Computer Science Principles

About UTeach*

For two decades, the UTeach pre-service teacher preparation program at The University of Texas at Austin has prepared large numbers of STEM majors to enter (and stay) in secondary classrooms. And since 2007, the UTeach Institute has recruited and supported almost 50 universities across the U.S. to establish their own UTeach programs.

With support from the National Science Foundation, the UTeach Computer Science program leverages the expertise and partnerships its developed to scale UTeach CS Principles through the College Board’s AP Computer Science Principles program. About 300 teachers are teaching the curriculum across the U.S. in 2016–2017!

*Information in this section is provided by or adapted from UTeach.

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