Houston ISD Instructional Technology January 20, 2007 SIG

K-12 Technology Applications and K-12 Computer Science

Moderator: Karen North, Westside High School

 

IDEAS:

  • Increase computer science education. In the Model Curriculum for K-12 Computer Science: Final Report of the ACM K-12 Task Force Curriculum Committee there is the following quote:

"Pedagogically, computer programming has the same relation to studying computer science as playing an instrument does to studying music or painting does to studying art. In each case, even a small amount of hand-on experience adds immensely to life-long appreciation and understanding, even if the student does not continue programming, playing, or painting as an adult."

 

  • Revamp the district CET / CCIT support meetings and develop an HISD TA/CS SIG group.Plan a Networking Social at the TCEA conference.

 

  • Develop a contact list for instructional technology. Develop an asset map of list of who has the expertise in the various technology application areas.

 

  • Develop an action plan to collaborate with the CTE department.

 

  • Attend Instructional Council Meetings after Principalís Meeting.The next meeting is February 26th; you can register on e-Train.Usually only Ada Rivera & Elizabeth Perrin are there to support instructional technology.These meetings parallel what is done for the principals.

 

  • Revamp software library, such as providing free typing tutorial program.

 

  • EasyTech software passwords go through Elizabeth Perrin.Teachers need help in implementing this district software.

 

  • Students need to practice taking online tests.State testing is moving in that direction.It was suggested in future that fluency needs to be checked with timed tests.

 

  • Use obsolete computers for students who do not own them.

 

 

RESOURCES:

1.      CSTA - ACM K-12 Computer Science Model Curriculum

http://www.csta.acm.org/Curriculum/sub/ACMK12CSModel.html

 

2.      ISTE - National Technology Education Standards

http://cnets.iste.org/

 

3.      SBOE CS as a math credit initiative

http://teachertech.rice.edu/Participants/sboone/TCEA/sboe.html

 

4.      State Board of Education

http://www.tea.state.tx.us/sboe/board/index.html

 

5.      TCEA TA/CS-SIG

http://www.tcea.org/SIGs/tacssig/default.asp

 

6.      Technology Applications Teacher Network

http://www.techappsnetwork.org/

 

7.      TEA - TEKS

http://www.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter126/index.html

 

8.      National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vlibrary.html

 

9.      World Future Society

www.wfs.org

 

10.  James Martin Institute for Science and Technology Issues

martininstitute@sbs.ox.ac.uk