Expanding Pathways in Computing (EPIC)

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3/20/20 Newsletter

Published on 3/20/20 by EPIC Staff



WETEACH_CS RESOURCES FOR ONLINE INSTRUCTION IN CS

The WeTeach_CS team would like to offer a huge THANK YOU to the classroom teachers and administrators who are working overtime to support K-12 students and families who are no longer attending school in-person due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One silver lining to all of this may be a renewed appreciation for everything educators do for American families.

While the WeTeach_CS staff knows we can never replace the passion, dedication, and love that classroom teachers show each day for their subjects and their students, we want to make sure you know we have resources to support your efforts to provide online platforms for learning in CS. Please don't hesitate to contact us at epic@consult.tacc.utexas.edu if you have questions about how to access or implement these resources.


WeTeach_CS APCSA

WETEACH_AP® CS A CURRICULUM

The WeTeach AP® CS A curriculum is currently available for FREE to any educator worldwide through the end of the 19-20 school year. This curriculum contains instructional videos, labs, assessments, and everything you need to support virtual learning in AP® CS A. All coding assignments are implemented using an online IDE. Details and curriculum registration can be found at https://utakeit.tacc.utexas.edu/weteach_apcsa/


WeTeach_CS for HS

WETEACH_CS FOR HS CURRICULUM

The WeTeach_CS for HS curriculum is appropriate for any introductory programming course at the high school level (i.e. high school Computer Science 1). To support schools that are suddenly faced with moving to online instruction, we have modified the licensing agreement so that any license purchased after March 15, 2020 can be used both for the rest of the 19-20 school year as well as the entire 20-21 school year at no additional cost. The year-long curriculum is aligned to the Texas state standards for CS 1 (TEKS). Details can also be found at https://utakeit.tacc.utexas.edu/weteach-cs-for-hs/


Youtube

WETEACH_CS YOUTUBE CHANNEL

The WeTeach_CS YouTube channel contains over 200 videos related to computer science learning concepts and skills. Covered topics include programming language concepts, OOP (Object Oriented Programming), number base conversion demonstrations, how loops work, and more.

These videos were originally produced to support teachers seeking content knowledge and preparing for certification in computer science at the high school level. The channel is a readily available and free resource for your classroom. The videos support content knowledge in computer science fundamentals and AP level study.


Fundamentals

FOUNDATIONS OF CS FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

The WeTeach_CS Foundations of CS for Teachers online course is totally asynchronous and covers content for a number of CS courses, from CS 1 through AP. It was designed for teachers to take and is therefore correlated to the teacher competencies of the TExES exam. However, students can sign up for the course and complete modules assigned by their teacher. Quizzes are included at the end of each module and the course is designed with CS mastery as the goal.

Feedback is provided to students from quizzes, allowing them to study further and then retake a quiz up to three times. Students can screenshot their mastery of a quiz and email it to their teacher. Details can be found here: https://utakeit.tacc.utexas.edu/foundations-of-cs-texes-prep/