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An internal presentation to school administration advocating for curriculum reform incorporating a requirement for Computer Science for all students K-12

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Computing at ICS

  1. 1. Computing @ ICS
  2. 2. The International Community School of Addis Ababa, accredited in the United States, develops the talents andintellects of a multicultural student body using learner-centered, holistic instructional methods, empowering instructional methods, empowering each student to contribute inin an each student to contribute an evolving world. evolving world.
  3. 3. Vision:ICS will become a premier international school in Africa offering a 21st century learning environment.
  4. 4. 2022
  5. 5. 2026
  6. 6. telepresence microblogs MOOCs graphing podcasting online safety Web search Social networkssocial bookmarks simulations Technology Skills data logging video editing Digital Citizenshiponline surveys wikis blogsdatabase search presentations file sharing edugaming
  7. 7. empower
  8. 8. contribute
  9. 9. “ICT simply teaches (students) how to use technology but gives them no insight on how to create technology. In essence we teach our children how to ‘read’, but not how to ‘write’.” Ian Livingstone The Independent
  10. 10. How to learn to “write” with technology:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgicuytCkoY Douglas Rushkoff on “Program or Be Programmed” published by O/R Books http://www.orbooks.com/catalog/program/
  11. 11. “In many schools today, the phrase computer-aided instructionmeans making the computer teach the child.One might say the computer is being used to program the child.In my vision, the child programs thecomputer and, in doing so, both acquires asense of mastery over a piece of the mostmodern and powerful technology andestablishes an intimate contact with some ofthe deepest ideas from science, frommathematics, and from the art of intellectualmodel building.” Seymour Papert, Mindstorms 1980
  12. 12. “Teaching computer science isn’t simply about learning to program. It’s about computationalthinking, logic, reasoning, and problem solving too. These skills are imperative to what K-12 students should be learning.” Audrey Waters, Mindshift http://mindshift.kqed.org/2011/12/should-computer-science-be-required-in-k-12/
  13. 13. USNews Money: Best Jobs 2012All of our Best Jobs of 2012 are outstanding, but the top 25 make for a particularly great careerchoice. We’ve ranked them, comparing their projected growth to the year 2020 to their industry’semployment rate. Also contributing to a job’s overall score is its average salary, predicted jobprospects, and a quantitative assessment of job satisfaction. 1. Registered Nurse 2. Software Developer 3. Pharmacist 4. Medical Assistant 5. Database Administrator 6. Web Developer 7. Computer Systems Analyst 8. Physical Therapist 9. Computer Programmerhttp://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/rankings/the-25-best-jobs
  14. 14. What does this mean for ICS?
  15. 15. Curriculum (informed by UK, US, Canada & NZ curricula – actual & proposed)● digital literacy ● basic skills ● taught and reinforced by all teachers● Information Technology (IT) ● use of technology to accomplish tasks ● taught and reinforced in all subjects ● specifically addressed by Technology Integrators● Computer Science (CS) ● separate discipline ● taught by Computing teachers
  16. 16. Computational Thinking (CT)● A way to think + analyze + problem-solve ● Problem solving ● Debugging ● Modeling, systems thinking ● Automating solutions through algorithms● Explicit teaching ● Computing teachers responsible ● Technology Integrators reinforce● Implicit adoption ● integrated lessons ● aligned with HoM, Learner Profile
  17. 17. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/business/computer-science-for-non-majors-takes-many-forms.html
  18. 18. Elementary School● Weekly Computing classes ● Computing teachers teach CS & CT skills ● Computing teachers teach & reinforce IT skills ● digital literacy throughout● Integrated lessons ● Coaches teach IT skills – to students & teachers ● Coaches assist subject teachers with integrating IT and digital literacy skills into lessons
  19. 19. Middle School● Computing classes ● Classes to teach CS & CT skills – Game programming – Web design (HTML) – Robotics ● digital literacy throughout● Integrated lessons ● Coaches teach IT skills – to students & teachers ● Coaches assist subject teachers with integrating IT and digital literacy skills into lessons
  20. 20. High School● Computing classes ● Classes to teach CS & CT skills – Game programming – Web design (HTML) – Robotics – IB Computer Science ● digital literacy throughout● Integrated lessons ● Coaches teach IT skills – to students & teachers ● Coaches assist subject teachers with integrating IT and digital literacy skills into lessons
  21. 21. Requirements● Elementary School ● All students take Computing classes● Middle School ● All students required to take one semester Computing class to move on to HS● High School ● All students required to take one semester Computing class to graduate from ICS
  22. 22. Staffing Needs● Elementary School ● Existing structure sufficient ● 2 full time teachers/integrators● Middle School ● Need for 4 semester classes per year ● Current position needs expanding by 20%● High School ● Need minimum 3 semester classes per year ● Need additional 20% position – can be deferred 1 year ● IB Diploma CS class – will need staffing when offered
  23. 23. Costs:* Commitment from ICS Administration* Expectations for all teachers: digitalliteracy* Additional staffing needs
  24. 24. Benefits:* Better meet ICS mission: empowerstudents to contribute in evolving world* Help reach ICS vision: premier 21stcentury international school in Africa
  25. 25. Better prepare our students for future
  26. 26. CREDITSPhotographs● Nadia Iglar by Asmelash - ©2012 – purchased & scanned & cropped by John Iglar● Alanna Burns by John Iglar●ICS grads from Yezare Samint – ©2012 ICS – scanned & cropped by JI● “Businesswoman reading report at her desk 2” from “The Big Box of Art” - ©2001-2003 Hemera Software–cropped & adapted by JI● “Ian Licingstone” by Paul Gambaccini. Wikimedia Commons. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ian_Livingstone.jpg> CC-BY-SA● “Douglas Rushkoff” by Paul May. From Wikimedia Commons. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Douglas_Rushkoff.jpg> CC-BY● “Seymour Papert” by Rodriguo Mesquita. Flickr. <http://www.flickr.com/photos/rmesquita/2544780949/> CC-BY-SA● “Audrey Watters” by mr_O. Flickr. <http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_o/6509639765/in/photostream/> CC-BY-NC-SAVideo● “Program or Be Programmed” - book by Douglas Rushkoff, promotional video ©2012 O/R Books <http://www.orbooks.com/catalog/program/ >Books●Papert, Seymour. Mindstorms. New York: Basic Books, 1993. Print.●Rushkoff, Douglas. Program or Be Programmed. Berkeley: Soft Skull Press, 2011. Print.
  27. 27. CREDITSWeb Quotations● Livingstone, Ian. ""Teaching Our Children How to read and write - the Case for Computer Science"" TheIndependent. Independent Digital News and Media, 24 Oct. 2012. Web. 13 Dec. 2012.<http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/teaching-our-children-to-read-and-write--the-case-for-computer-science-8218808.html>.● Stross, Randall. “Computer Science for Non-Majors Takes Many Forms.” New York Times 31 Mar. 2012.Web. 1 Apr. 2012. <http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/business/computer-science-for-non-majors-takes-many-forms.html>● Waters, Audrey. “Should Computer Science Be Required in K-12?” Mindshift 15 Dec. 2011. Web. 16 Dec.2011. <http://mindshift.kqed.org/2011/12/should-computer-science-be-required-in-k-12/>.Website screenshots• http://dmlcentral.net/blog/cathy-davidson/why-we-need-4th-r-reading-writing-arithmetic-algorithms• http://hackeducation.com/2012/11/27/top-ed-tech-trends-of-2012-learning-to-code/• http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2012/04/03/computer-science-transitions-from-elective• http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maggie-johnson/common-core-standards_b_2258882.html• http://www.chron.com/opinion/outlook/article/Time-to-make-computer-science-part-of-schools-4100712.php• http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/mar/31/why-kids-should-be-taught-code• http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240173959/Vint-Cerf-urges-computer-science-to-be-included-in-EBacc• http://www.education.gov.uk/a00201864/harmful-ict-curriculum-set-to-be-dropped-this-september-to-make-way
  28. 28. Elements not created by John Iglar are © bytheir respective owners. All rights reserved.This presentation and all content created by John Iglar licensed CC-BY http://johniglar.net http://www.icsaddis.edu.et
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