The Instructional Technology Initiative is celebrating Computer Science Education (CSE) Week on December 9-13, 2019 by hosting multiple professional development and showcase events at Practitioner Schools across the District. These events will include classroom observations to experience computer science (CS) through unplugged and block programming, physical computing and robotics, hands-on creation of computer science projects, among others. The Districtwide CSE Week Professional Development and Showcase is an opportunity for District stakeholders to learn and immerse in computer science education and to understand the urgency for computer science expansion, with particular focus on building equity by increasing participation of the District’s Latina/o and African-American students in this area of study. Check out the map below to find out more about these events Districtwide. If you are celebrating CSE Week at your school and would like to be featured by ITI, please fill out bit.ly/ITICSE2019 to share your highlights with ITI and use #CS4LAUSD when posting on twitter.
By administrators, For administrators
ACCESS and CSforCA introduce the CS Equity Guide, written in collaboration with education leaders throughout California and designed for administrators interested in implementing equity-minded computer science (CS) in their schools, districts, or counties. If you are a principal, district or county leader interested in bringing CS to all your students, this guide can help you figure out how.Professional Learning
Launching: Introduction to Game-based Learning Through Minecraft: Education Edition!
The Instructional Technology Initiative (ITI) launches its first professional learning offering around game-based learning through the Minecraft: Education Edition, part of District educators' Office365/Microsoft enterprise accounts. For more information click here.
Computer Science 2020-21 Cohorts
Interested in teaching CS Discoveries or AP CS Principles in the future? The application window is now open. Find out more about the program, commitments, and expectations at https://code.org/educate/professional-learning/middle-high.
The secondary computer science cohort experience is a no-cost, 5-day workshop with four quarterly follow-up sessions. The goal of these cohorts are to promote learner agency and challenge teachers to continuously learn and reflect upon their instructional practice while learning a new curriculum. For more information, please read this announcement.
CS Discoveries (Grades 6 - 10)
Computer Science Discoveries (CS Discoveries) is an introductory computer science course that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun.
AP CS Principles (Grades 9 - 12)
Computer Science Principles (APCS Principles) introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. The AP Program designed AP Computer Science Principles with the goal of creating leaders in computer science fields and attracting and engaging those who are traditionally underrepresented with essential computing tools and multidisciplinary opportunities.
Exploring Computer Science 2020-21 Cohorts
Exploring Computer Science (ECS) is an introductory high school course designed to engage students in computational thinking and practice. If you are interested in teaching Exploring Computer Science and would like more information on the 2020-2021 Exploring Computer Science cohorts, please complete the computer science interest form.
Secondary Computer Science Course Updates
Introduction to Computers Course 180101 and 180103
At the end of the 2018-19 school year, Introduction to Computers will sunset and be replaced with Computer Science Discoveries (180115 and 180116), Introduction to Programming: Game Design and App Development (180117 and 180118), Introduction to Physical Computing (180121 and 180122), or an equivalent Career Technical Education (CTE) computer science course for students in grades 6-8. These courses are aligned to the new California Computer Science State Standards. For students in high school, Computer Science 1 (CTE introductory), Exploring Computer Science (CTE concentrator, or non-CTE), or an equivalent course aligned to the new California State Computer Science Standards will be offered in lieu of students enrolling in Introduction to Computers, which will no longer be part of the secondary course catalog and will serve as introductory computer science courses open to all students.
The College Board Update
The College Board announced that AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) has been approved as a Laboratory Science (D)/Computer Science course and fulfills high school student requirements for the University of California's admissions. AP CSP counts as a student's third or fourth recommended year of science. For more information, navigate to the UCOP Laboratory Science website.
AP Computer Science A (CSA) has been approved as a Mathematics (C)/Computer Science course and fulfills high school student requirements for the University of California's admissions. AP CSA counts as a student's third or fourth recommended year of math For more information, please navigate to the UCOP Mathematics website.
California State K-12 Computer Science Standards
The California State Board of Education approved the first ever California K-12 Computer Science Standards in September 2018. To learn more about the adoption, review the following article: https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr18/yr18rel56.asp. To view the California K-12 Computer Science Standards, see the following link: https://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/computerscicontentstds.asp.
California State Computer Science Strategic Plan
The California Computer Science Strategic Implementation Plan was open for public comment from October 1, 2018, through November 9, 2018, at 3:00 pm (PST). For more information on this document, please visit: https://www.cde.ca.gov/pd/ca/sc/cssip.asp.
ISTE Standards For Students
The ISTE Standards for Students are designed to empower student voice and ensure that learning is a student-driven process of exploration, creativity and discovery no matter where they or their teachers are in the thoughtful integration of ed tech. There are seven modules for students.
For more information, please call ITI at 213-241-5532.
CS Framework Resources
CA CS K-12 StandardsREAD: California K-12 Computer Science StandardsThe Instructional Quality Commission approved and recommended the draft computer science standards on July 26, 2018. The State Board of Education approved the Instructional Quality Commission recommendation and adopted the computer science standards on September 6, 2018.
CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards, Revised 2017The CSTA K–12 Computer Science Standards delineate a core set of learning objectives designed to provide the foundation for a complete computer science curriculum and its implementation at the K–12 level.
K-12 CS FrameworkREAD: K-12 Computer Science Framework
READ: Website - K-12 Computer Science FrameworkThe CSTA K–12 Computer Science Standards delineate a core set of learning objectives designed to provide the foundation for a complete computer science curriculum and its implementation at the K–12 level.
ISTE CT CompetenciesREAD:ISTE Standards for Educators - Computational Thinking Competencies
READ: Website - Computational Thinking CompetenciesThese competencies are intended to help educators build those skills by integrating computational thinking (CT) across all disciplines and with students of all ages.
Code.org Computer Science Fundamentals
Creative Computing Curriculum
Code.org Computer Science Discoveries
Code.org AP Computer Science Principles
AP Computer Science A