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New Review: Mobile CSP (Computer Science Principles)

Mobile CSPLearning List has reviewed Mobile CSP (i.e., Computer Science Principles), which is a comprehensive course that supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles courses.  Content is available online and includes some printable resources. Instruction is project based and teaches the principles of computer science using MIT’s “App Inventor” visual block language. Resources are available at no cost to users.

Mobile CSP organizes content in eight core units that address mobile applications; pair programming; graphics and images; animations, simulations, and modeling; computing innovations; algorithms and abstractions; the use and analysis of data and information; the internet; and preparation for the AP exam. Instruction includes a set of four performance tasks. Two performance tasks require students to work with a partner to create a “socially useful” app that addresses a problem students have identified in their schools or communities. Two tasks ask students to work individually to explore a computing innovation that has influenced the “social, economic, or cultural areas of our lives.”

A rich set of teacher resources support instruction, particularly for teachers who are new to computer science. Online teacher resources include an outline for each unit and detailed lesson plans. Teacher materials include a printable “Curriculum Overview” with pacing information for each unit and lesson and links to the College Board’s learning objectives, enduring understandings, and computational thinking practices for Principles of Computer Science. Sample syllabi, a webinar covering the AP audit process, and online professional development activities are also provided. Mobile CSP offers periodic “Hangouts” where teachers can share their experiences and learn about product updates.

About Mobile CSP*

Mobile CSP is recognized by the College Board as an endorsed provider of curriculum and professional development for AP® Computer Science Principles (AP CSP). This endorsement affirms that all components of Mobile CSP’s offerings are aligned to the AP Curriculum Framework standards and the AP CSP assessment. Using an endorsed provider affords schools access to resources including an AP CSP syllabus pre-approved by the College Board’s AP Course Audit, and officially recognized professional development that prepares teachers to teach AP CSP.

*Information in this section is provided by or adapted from Mobile CSP.

 

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Mobile Apps Gain Momentum: DynaStudy’s DynaNotes Science

 

Source: DynaStudy (publisher of DynaNotes)

Source: DynaStudy (publisher of DynaNotes)

DynaStudy’s DynaNotes Science Course Notes are app-based supplemental learning aids that support instruction in high school biology and chemistry courses and science courses at grades 5 and 8. At each grade level, Course Notes complement TEKS-aligned comprehensive, core science curricula and support preparation for STAAR testing and end of course exams. Students can create easy, password-protected journals on individual or shared iPads or Android tablets. The apps are grounded in TEKS, personal to each student and connected to the outside world.

Course Notes summarize fundamental concepts and define vocabulary in short easy-to-read passages that include clear examples, colorful illustrations, and links to external resources with relevant content (e.g., NBC Learn). Instruction focuses content tested on STAAR exams and includes eligible content from prior grades.  Course Notes do not include hands-on activities or practice in problem-solving skills. However, teachers are able to expand notes to include additional information, activities, and experiments aligned to the TEKS.

Source: DynaStudy

Source: DynaStudy

Course Notes are easy-to-use for both students and teachers. Students are able to add their own notes in text format or by using tablet camera functions to attach photographs. All notes are local to the device, so once the app has been downloaded, all course notes and student notes are accessible without an Internet connection. Links to external resources, however, continue to require Internet access. Effective student tools yield many benefits for teachers. While students use DynaNotes apps, teachers are freed to do more.

DynaStudy, the creator of DynaNotes, is an award-winning educational publishing company headquartered in Austin, Texas. More information is available about this and other options on their website.

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