CS Teacher Repositories: CS OER Portal, Ensemble, CSTA, CAS, and…

November 6, 2013 at 1:30 am 4 comments

I just received this via email:

We would like to inform you that we have added recently many new resources to the Computer Science Open Educational Resources Portal (CS OER Portal)  (http://iiscs.wssu.edu/drupal/csoer ). For those of you who have not visited it, the Portal hosts a rich collection of links to open teaching/learning materials targeted specifically the area of Computer Science. It provides multiple ways for locating resources, including search with filtering the results by CS categories, material type, level, media format, etc., as well as browsing by institutional (OpenCourseWare) collections, by CS categories, or by topics as recommended by the ACM/IEEE Computer Science Curriculum. The browsing functionality is supplemented with recommendations for similar courses/resources.

My first thought was, “Is this competition for Ensemble, the big NSF-sponsored digital library of CS curricular materials?”

If we’re specifically thinking just about computing in schools (K-12 in the US), we should also consider the CSTA Source Web Repository and the Resources section of the Computing at Schools website (which is pretty big and growing almost daily).

Specifically for a particular tool or approach, there’s the Greenfoot Greenroom, ScratchEd for Scratch Teachers and other Educators, the Alice teacher’s site, the TeaParty site (for the Alice + MediaComp website), and of course, the Media Computation site.  I’m sure that there are many others — for particular books (like this one introducing Python with Objects), for particular curricular approaches (like Exploring Computer Science and CSUnplugged), and even for particular methods (I reference the Kinesthetic Learning Activities site in my TA preparation class).

It’s really great that there are so many repositories, so many resources to help CS teachers, and so many people developing and sharing resources.  I get concerned when I’m in a meeting where we’re talking about how to help CS teachers, and someone suggests (and it really happens in many of the meetings I attend), “If we only had a repository where teachers could find resources to help them…”  No, I really don’t think that more repositories is going to solve any problems at this point.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ken Bauer  |  November 6, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Thanks for the post Mark, I found some new ones here to share with colleagues.

  • 2. Karen Doore  |  November 6, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Mark, Thanks this was very helpful for my research.

  • 3. Lillian Riley Cassel  |  November 6, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Mark, We talked briefly about this at the Ed Council meeting last weekend and I am traveling to Wake Forest on Friday to talk to the people doing the CS OER portal. They are doing good work, and we do need to meld these things in a way that best serves our diverse communities. — Boots

  • 4. Mike  |  November 6, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    It would be great to have a single site to go to to search for stuff instead of having to know about each individual repository

    Is there a meta-repository somewhere? I’m almost thinking of something like “Google Search for CS Ed Repositories”.

    I apologize in advance if this causes people to start saying “If we only had a single repository, of links to other repositories, where teachers could find resources to help them…” 🙂


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