Computational Thinking and Computer Science K-12

Computational Thinking and Computer Science K-12

MSED computational thinking and literacy

Computational thinking is a valuable tool for teachers to support learning in classrooms of all levels and disciplines. This Certificate of Advanced Study sequence, designed by learning scientists Paula Hooper and Uri Wilensky, provides teachers with methods and subject-matter connections for computer science and coding ideas. Four courses are required to complete the Certificate of Advanced Study, including the required Foundations course plus three additional courses in the strand. This is a Northwestern University certificate program; it does not lead to licensure or endorsements from the Illinois State Board of Education.

Specific course offerings and dates for summer 2018 are currently being reviewed. The courses listed below are subject to change.

Instructors

  • Corey Brady

    Corey Brady

    Collegiate and industry leader in computational modeling constructivism in math and science classrooms.

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  • Uri Wilensky

    Uri Wilensky

    Nationally recognized researcher of computer-based modeling and simulation languages.

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  • Paula Hooper

    Paula Hooper

    National leader in STEM professional development using constructionist and inquiry-based approaches.

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Courses

Must take Foundations plus three additional courses in strand.

TWO-WEEK

Summer Intensive

Summer 2018

Evanston Campus

Foundations of Computational Thinking

This course introduces the concept that computational thinking is an essential literacy for students to succeed in today’s society. We will grapple with the theoretical construct of computational thinking, examine several computational tools, and engage in concrete applications of computational thinking, including a project that will illustrate  computational thinking in today's schools.

For more information, contact Brad Wadle at b-wadle@northwestern.edu

TWO-WEEK

Summer Intensive

Summer 2018

Evanston Campus

Learning with Computational Modeling Grades 6-12

In the last two decades, computer modeling and simulation have become integral tools for inquiry across a wide range of disciplines. A new kind of computational modeling, known as agent-based modeling (ABM), allows us to study systems by “growing” them as a computer model and allow students to playfully explore “what-if” questions. Participants will learn how to build models that simulate predator-prey dynamics in biology, the diffusion of perfume in a room in physics or chemistry, the dynamics of urban growth and historical reenactments in social sciences, and evolutionary language changes in language arts. (Prerequisite: Foundations of Computational Thinking or instructor's permission.)

For more information, contact Brad Wadle at b-wadle@northwestern.edu

TWO-WEEK

Summer Intensive

Summer 2018

Evanston Campus

Representation and Inquiry with Digital Tools Grades K-5

What can computer science (CS) and computational ideas contribute to K - 5 teaching? This course examines how digital technologies can support learning in the elementary classroom. Participants will work with technological tools for learning that allow children to explore and represent ideas in multiple ways as advocated by the Common Core State Standards, the Next Generation Science Standards, and contemporary approaches to social studies and the arts. These tools include programming, robotics, digital design fabrication, and data representation. (Prerequisite: Foundations of Computational Thinking or instructor's permission.)

For more information, contact Brad Wadle at b-wadle@northwestern.edu

ONE-WEEK

Summer Intensive

Summer 2018

Evanston Campus

Translating Social Media Practices into Classroom Skills

This course examines how social media platforms and informal digital practices translate into disciplinary skills for the classroom. Participants explore a variety of topics including the pros and cons of different content platforms; the connection between students' social media consumption/production and critical thinking skills; the opportunities in remix culture for innovative methods for building and sharing knowledge; and how to leverage specific platforms to assess a student's  understanding of subject matter. (Prerequisite: Foundations of Computational Thinking or the instructor's permission.)

For more information, contact Brad Wadle at b-wadle@northwestern.edu

ONE-WEEK

Summer Intensive

Summer 2018

Evanston Campus

Teaching and the New World of “Big Data”

Big data is a big deal these days! This course provides teachers with an introduction to computational data analysis with a focus on text processing. Participants examine methods for classifying text, including techniques used for automated essay scoring. Participants also will investigate methods for discovering patterns in texts. Teachers will be introduced to basic concepts and tools they will need to be literate users of this new technology, and to begin explorations in this area with their students. (Prerequisite: Foundations of Computational Thinking or instructor's permission.) 

For more information, contact Brad Wadle at b-wadle@northwestern.edu

ONE-WEEK

Summer Intensive

Summer 2018

Evanston Campus

Exploring Computational Thinking in the Classroom

This capstone seminar is focused on the impact and relevance of computational thinking for classroom practice. Participants have the chance developing an instructional sequence suitable for use in their own classrooms that uses the ideas and/or technologies they have been exposed to in prior coursework. Teachers also will work in groups to create, discuss, and refine rubrics for evaluating activities that develop computational thinking skills among students, and student work in such activities. [Prerequisite: Foundations of Computational Thinking or instructor's permission.]

For more information, contact Brad Wadle at b-wadle@northwestern.edu

Contact Us

Master of Science in Education School of Education & Social Policy

618 Garrett Place
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/467-1458

Email: msedprogram@northwestern.edu