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.

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

July 5, 6, 9, 11, 13

9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Evanston Campus

Foundations of Computational Thinking

This course introduces the concept of computational thinking as 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 the ideas of computational thinking, including a project that will exemplify computational thinking in schools today.

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TWO-WEEK

Summer Intensive

July 16, 18, 20, 23, 25

9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Evanston Campus

Computational Learning Environments K-12

New technologies are fundamentally changing advertising, journalism, health care, engineering and many other fields. In this course we develop our abilities as educators to identify and capitalize on the potentials that technological tools (some old and some very new) can be used to support learning for K - 12 students across all subject matters. Participants will work with technological tools for learning that allow children to explore and represent ideas in multiple ways as advocated by CCSS, NGSS, and contemporary approaches to social studies, literacy, and the arts. We will work directly with Northwestern Learning Science professors who explore new technology tools for learning and help teachers think about what it can mean to use these tools in a variety of computational environments, including digital design fabrication, maker spaces, virtual or augmented reality, and crowdsourcing. Participants will work with technological tools for learning that allow children to explore and represent ideas in multiple ways as advocated by CCSS, NGSS, and contemporary approaches to social studies, literacy, and the arts. These explorations will allow participants to enhance their abilities to look beyond current disciplinary boundaries and think about how to design new futures for learning and teaching. [Prerequisite: Foundations of Computational Thinking or permission of Instructor]

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ONE-WEEK

Summer Intensive

July 23-27

9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

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. We will examine methods for the classification of text, working up toward the sorts of techniques used for automated essay scoring. Then we will look at methods for the discovery of patterns in texts. The intent is to introduce participants to some of the 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 permission of Instructor]

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ONE-WEEK

Summer Intensive

August 6-10

9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Evanston Campus

Translating Social Media Practices into Classroom Skills

This course addresses how social media platforms and informal digital practices can be translated into disciplinary skills in the classroom. Participants will 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 promoted and taught by educators, the opportunities in remix culture for innovative methods for building and sharing knowledge, and how to leverage specific platforms as assessment tools for student understanding of subject matter. [Prerequisite: Foundations of Computational Thinking or permission of Instructor]

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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