Slideshow on the new AP “Computer Science: Principles” Course

December 7, 2009 at 5:40 pm 5 comments

A slide show has been created to describe the on-going process and current progress of the effort to define a new Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science course and exam, currently called “Computer Science: Principles.”  I was given permission to upload it and share it here.

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  • 1. Seth Reichelson  |  December 9, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Very Exciting! How can I get to be a tester school?

  • 2. Mark Guzdial  |  December 11, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    High schools won’t be testers until Fall 2011. I haven’t heard how they’ll be selected.

  • 3. Emil Biga  |  December 15, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    In the slide on Principles—Big Ideas, I want to see more on the How. I want to see something on the systematic process used in the creating and designing of solutions to computational problems so others can reason about it.

    In the slide on Sample of Evaluative Questions:

    How can the AP CS Principles Domain Model be developed so that the proposed course emphasizes the fundamental concepts of computational thinking and fluency without being programming centric while at the same time maintaining the high level of college equivalent rigor expected for AP courses?

    I think that what Matthias Felleisen presented in

    Click to access first%20year.pdf

    has some great insights.

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  • […] this weekend, the first five curriculum developers, teachers, and pilot testers of the “Computer Science: Principles” course definition were […]


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