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New Computer Science Courses from Code.org Added to Open Space

Author // Matt Yauk Monday, 26 June 2023

Computer Science courses from Code.org have been added to Open Space. These include 222 lesson plans from the Computer Science Principles and AP Computer Science A courses. 

Computer Science Principles for high school students

  • introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world.
  • creates leaders in computer science fields and attracts and engages those who are traditionally underrepresented with essential computing tools and multidisciplinary opportunities.

The curriculum for Computer Science Principles requires no prerequisites, is flexible to be taught as an AP-credit earning or non-AP course, and if taught as a full-year course, takes approximately 100-180 class hours to complete. 

AP® Computer Science A for high school students

  • provides the opportunity to learn to program using Java and can be taken after completing an introductory course such as Computer Science Principles or Computer Science Discoveries.
  • covers a broad range of topics, including the design of solutions to problems, the use of data structures to organize large sets of data, the development and implementation of algorithms to process data and discover new information, the analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing systems.

If taught as a full-year course, it takes approximately 140 class hours to complete and contains 9 units, including an AP Exam Prep unit. 

Code.org offers free professional learning and classroom dashboards for educators wishing to learn and teach any of their free courses (free account necessary).

Open Space is a curriculum curation and collaboration tool powered by INFOhio which empowers educators to build community through groups, access curated collections, search for freely accessible instructional materials, and to curate and share resources that promote innovative and collaborative learning.

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About the Author

Posted by: Matt Yauk

Matt Yauk is a Senior Instructional Specialist with INFOhio. He is a certified educator who has worked as a Business and Technology teacher in the middle and high school settings and as an educational technologist, instructional designer, and academic technology director for The Ohio State University (OSU). He has a B.S. in Education: Technical Education and Training from OSU, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Instructional Design and Technology from University of Cincinnati, founded the Learner Engagement Division within the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), and co-authored a chapter in the Handbook of Distance Education (4th edition) called "Trends and Directions in Continuing Professional Development." The positive impact on student learning and educator development has always been his primary focus.

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