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AP CS A July 23-27th, 2012

AP CS A Teacher Workshop

Registration List for AP CS A 2012

All teachers must register at Georgia public school teachers must also register at for workshop CTAERN3516 (new catalog).

The Institute for Computing Education (ICE) will hold a 5 day AP CS A workshop July 23-27th, 2012 at Georgia Tech. The workshop will begin each day at 8:30am and end Monday - Thursday at 4:00pm and on Friday at 11:30am. Teachers must attend all 5 days, and participate in work during class, to receive 3 PLUs. This workshop will help prepare a teacher to teach the Advanced Placement Computer Science A course. Please note that this workshop is not being run by a College Board endorsed consultant. You do not have to attend a summer workshop run by a College Board endorsed consultant in order to teach AP CS A. To teach AP CS A you need to pass the audit. Ms. Crystal Furman will run this workshop. She has taught Computer Science and AP CS A for 14 years and has served as an AP CS A reader for 3 years as well. This workshop will be held in the Technology Square Research Building Auditorium located at 85 Fifth Street.

This workshop is for teachers who have programming experience in Java. If you don't know any Java please take Beginning Programming / CS Principles first!

Upon completion teachers will know what activities they can use to introduce:

Each attendee will receive the 2009 released exam.

Thanks to our National Science Foundation grants there is no fee for this workshop for teachers. Due to a NSF grant we will be able to cover a room, parking, and food at the Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel for teachers who live greater than 30 miles from campus. Alcohol and room service are not covered. Guests will be staying with two teachers per room, unless you wish to pay an additional cost for a private room. Private rooms are $59.50/night. We will also cover lunch and parking for all teachers. Preference is given to teachers who are teaching Advanced Placement Computer Science A in the fall of 2012. Teachers who get credit for the workshop (can't miss more than 10%) will earn a stipend of $800.

Please bring a laptop if you have one, or notify us if you need to borrow a laptop.

Tenative Agenda:

Monday July 23rd
8:30am - 9:30am Introductions and introduction activity
9:30am - 10:00am First Day Object role play and bug song
10:00am - 12:00pm The GridWorld case study - Labs 1, 2, 3 and Extensions
12:00pm - 12:30pm lunch break
12:30pm - 1:30pm Curriculum Module and Reading Worksheets
1:30pm - 2:30pm Part 2 Gridworld; Create A Bug
2:30pm - 3:00pm Intro to for loops and triangle rocks
3:00pm - 4:00pm Group Activities for Part 3 and 4

Tuesday July 24th
8:30am - 9:00am Questions from previous day and review of group work
9:00am - 10:00am Intro to Loops; Triangle Rocks
10:00am - 11:00am Horse Problem
11:00am - 11:30am Dancing Bug
11:30am - 12:00 am - IntArrayWorker
12:00pm - 12:30pm lunch break
12:30pm - 1:00pm Augmented Reality - Blair MacIntyre []
1:00pm - 1:30pm Slider Puzzle Problem / secret code
1:30pm - 2:00pm - 2012 free response (image)
2:00pm - 3:00pm - Thinking in Objects / games
3:00pm - 3:30pm - Presentations
3:30pm - 4:00pm Group work on lesson plans for topics covered.

Wednesday July 25th
8:30am - 9:30am Questions from previous day and review of group work; Presentations
9:30am - 10:30am GridWorld Part 3; Reading Worksheets
10:30am - 11:30 GridWorld Part 3 Group project
11:30pm - 12:30pm lunch break; GridWorld Part 3 Extensions
12:30pm - 1:00pm Rosa Arriaga []
1:00pm - 1:30pm GridWorld Part 4; Reading Worksheets
1:30pm - 2:30pm GridWorld Part 4 Group Projects
2:30pm - 3:30pm Glen Martin Labs
3:30pm - 4:00pm Extensions

Thursday July 26th
8:30am - 9:30am Questions from previous day and review of group work
9:30am - 10:30am ArrayLists and Lists
10:30am - 11:30am - Searching, Sorting and Recursion
11:30pm - 12:30pm lunch break; Multiple Choice questions from 2009 exam
12:30pm - 1:00pm Gregory Abowd - computers and autism]
1:00pm - 2:30pm Multiple Choice Questions from 2009 exam
2:30pm - 4:00pm Free response questions

Friday July 27th
Group Picture Today
8:30am - 9:30am Questions from previous day and review of group work
9:30am - 10:00am Abstract, Interfaces...
10:00am - 11:15am Teachers sharing ideas on how to teach AP CS A
11:15am - 11:30am surveys

Links to material
Dropbox materials (Available during the conference)
Information about polymorphism
How my dog learned polymorphism
AP reading toy/sharing night
Material you can buy for AP CS A
Free Java book that is a good reference or to help prepare for programing competitions
Stanford Java course
MindTrap Logic 

Practice It
Coding Bat
Stencyl Game Creator
Light Bot
Binary Game
Snag It
Cargo Bot for ipad
Barb's AP CS A course with Alice and Media Computation
Barb's starter and testing classes for the free response questions
Processing Website
Glen Martin
Computer Science for Fun
Georgia CSTA
Build Your Blocks
Dave Reed Site - CS Principals

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