Google CS4HS Program Offered at UNI

The department of computer science at the University of Northern Iowa is
pleased to announce it’s fifth year of participation in Google’s CS4HS
program which has the goal of training K-12 teachers OF ALL DISCIPLINES in
ways to incorporate computer science in to their classrooms.

This year we will be teaching two summer content courses and one fall
implementation course.  Each of these tracks will be taught via online
materials including instructional videos, guided “laboratory” activities,
and programming assignments.  Course facilitators will be available via
email and online video chat during the duration of the courses to help
with activities and answer questions.  Each track will consist of several
modules of instruction and require approximately 20 hours to complete.
Course requirements may be met based on each participant’s schedule but
must be completed during the two weeks that track is being offered.

Introduction to Programming with Scratch
(Available online between June 16 – 27, 2014)
Scratch is a free, online, graphical programming language/learning
environment that allows students to learn about computer programming and
computational thinking without worrying about complicated syntax.  It was
created by the Lifelong Kindergarden Lab at the MIT Media Lab and is
designed for students aged 8-18 but is used by programmers of a variety of
age and experience levels.  This workshop is appropriate for teachers of
all disciplines who teach 4-12th grade.  Participants will learn how to
use Scratch for interactive art, animated storytelling, and game
development.  Previous programming experience is not a requirement for
this course.

Programming with AppInventor for Android
(Available online between July 21 – August 1, 2014)
AppInventor is a free cloud-based programming environment which allows
users to develop applications for the Android operating system right from
a web browser. Students use drag-and-drop objects to create apps while
being exposed to a wide range of computing concepts in a way that is
motivational and fun. Participants will learn how to setup and program
with AppInventor, how to access and use your mobile device’s sensors and
how to deploy programmed apps. This workshop is appropriate for teachers
of grades 6-12. Previous programming experience is beneficial but not
required. Access to an entry-level Android tablet or smartphone (cost
~$50) or better is also recommended, but not required.

Classroom Implementation Project (Fall, 2014)
Participants who complete a summer track (or have participated in a prior
offering of CS4HS at UNI) are eligible to participate in an additional
implementation course offered during the fall semester.  Participants will
use the material learned in their summer course to develop and use a set
of in-class activities for at least one of the classes they teach in their
home district during the fall of 2014.  In addition to the implementation
project requirements, participants will be placed in a small cadre with
fellow course participants.  Cadre members will share drafts of their
lesson plans with each other and participate in two online video
conferences to discuss and critique these materials.  Participant will
have flexibility to incorporate their projects based on their individual
classrooms.  However, all requirements will be completed by the end of the
fall semester (December 12, 2014).


Students may enroll in any of the three courses described above in two
different modes:

Audit – Students who take the course in audit mode are taking the course
for personal interest only.  Students have full access to all materials
and assistance from the course materials but will not receive formal
credit for the course.  Students who enroll in audit mode may take the
course completely free of charge.  Letters of completion are available.

Graduate Workshop Credit – Students who take the course in this mode will
receive one hour of graduate workshop credit for each course through
Continuing and Distance Education at the University of Northern Iowa.
This credit should be appropriate for pay scale advancement and license
renewal requirements in the state of Iowa.  Participants from other states
should check with their local agencies to confirm that the credit is
transferable.  The cost is $75 per course/credit.

For more information about any of these programs contact UNI’s CS4HS
coordinator Dr. Ben Schafer at or 319-273-2187.

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