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CSP-AIMS Week 5 Announcement

2015-11-30

Welcome to Week 5 of the CSP-AIMS Workshop. This week we will be covering Unit 5: Data and Information. Large amounts of data are generated when computer models are used to run simulations sweeping a multidimensional set of input parameters. Capturing and analyzing these data generates information about the model and also, possibly, about the real-world. You will be using a model you created to explore a problem, perform experiments using the model as a test bed for simulation, gather and analyze data generated from the model, and gain insight and knowledge about the problems you are interested in. Furthermore, a comparison of the predictions made by a model with real-world observation data can suggest refinements to our model that would make the predictions it generates more accurate.

Once you have completed the tasks, please make sure you share them in your portfolio by inserting the screenshots and uploading your NetLogo program to the “Week 5: Data” page of your portfolio. Remember, we need to see your work to give you credit. In addition to the modeling and simulation exercise, you are asked to propose a general rubric that can be used to assess student project assignments.

Special Presentation on Monday!

There is a special presentation on CSP Big Idea: Impact - Understanding and Exploring Computing Innovations this week. The presentation is being held on the CS10K Community website on Monday November 30 at 4:30pm PT/7:30pm ET. Baker Franke, Paul Tymann, and Tiffany Barnes will share their insights and tips on teaching the Impact unit.

Weekly Big-Group Hangouts

CSP-AIMS' Big-Group Hangout for Week 5 is on TUESDAY (12/1/2015) at 5:30 pm, US Mountain Time. The Hangout will be streaming live on YouTube at the following link: https://youtu.be/_0b9m2Ocb-M. You will be able to post your questions and have them answered live during the hangout.

We hope you can join us! For those who cannot make the actual live broadcast, the Hangout-on-Air will be recorded and made available on the CSP-AIMS online course and the Google+ page.

Weekly Facilitator Interactions

Your facilitator will continue to reach out to you to help you with the workshop material and any other problems related to the CSP-AIMS workshop.

Need Help

There are several ways you can get help!

  • General Questions - please post them to the forum called “Need NetLogo Help.” 
  • NetLogo Questions - please post them to the forum called “Need NetLogo Help.” 
  • Ask your Facilitator. 
  • Post a question on the forum. 
  • Email sfilearninglab@gmail.com. 

Best wishes,

--the CSP-AIMS CS4HS Instructors and Facilitators


CSP-AIMS Week 4 Announcement

2015-11-23

Welcome to Week 4 of the CSP-AIMS Workshop. This week we will be covering Unit 4: Algorithms in Modeling and Simulation. This unit consists of four short lessons that introduce you to algorithms and expand your knowledge of modeling and NetLogo. You will create a more advanced Ecosystem model and run simulation experiments using the model you create. Once you have reviewed all the material and completed the tasks, please make sure you share them in your portfolio by inserting the screenshots and uploading your NetLogo program to the “Week 4: Algorithms” page of your portfolio. Remember, we need to see your work to give you credit.

Special Hangout on Monday!

In addition to the regular hangout, there will be a very special Hangout-on-Air with Rebecca Dovi. The Hangout will be today, Monday (11/23/2015) at 6:30 pm, US Mountain Time. The Hangout will be streaming live on YouTube a the following link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUhAyfAQUMM. You will be able to post your questions and have them answered live during the hangout. If you cannot make the live hangout, the recording will be available on the CSP-AIMS website and the CSP-AIMS Google+ page.

Rebecca will be talking with us about how modeling and simulation can fit into an AP CSP course and how modeling and simulation projects might be used for the performance tasks. Rebecca is a master teacher with more than 15 years of classroom experience and a decade of experience doing professional development and curriculum development at the state and national level. Rebecca Dovi is on the Education Advisory Council for Code.org, is the first K-12 teacher to deliver a MOOC (Massively Open On-Line Class) for Amplify Education Inc., and Google Fellow Trailblazer, she worked with the team developing and implementing the new Computer Science Principles course for the College Board as a pilot instructor. She’s also was a recipient of the Aspirations in Computing award from the National Council of Women in Information Technology. Please join us in discussing this exciting topic.

Weekly Big-Group Hangouts

Every week we offer a Hangout-on-Air for all those participating in the CSP-AIMS workshop. In this week's hangout we will talk about activities that reinforce NetLogo agentsets and algorithms. CSP-AIMS' Big-Group Hangout is on Monday (11/23/2015) at 5:30 pm, US Mountain Time. The Hangout will be streaming live on YouTube at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNsdefWgjwQ. You will be able to post your questions and have them answered live during the hangout. We hope you can join us!

For those who cannot make the actual live broadcast, the Hangout-on-Air will be recorded and made available on the CSP-AIMS online course and the Google+ page.

Weekly Facilitator Interactions

Your facilitator will continue to reach out to you to help you with the workshop material and any other problems related to the CSP-AIMS workshop.

Need Help

There are several ways you can get help!

  • General Questions - please post them to the forum called “Need NetLogo Help.” 
  • NetLogo Questions - please post them to the forum called “Need NetLogo Help.” 
  • Ask your Facilitator. 
  • Post a question on the forum. 
  • Email sfilearninglab@gmail.com. 

Best wishes,
--the CSP-AIMS CS4HS Instructors and Facilitators

CSP-AIMS Week 3 Announcement

2015-11-16

Welcome to Week 3 of the CSP-AIMS Workshop. This week we will be covering Unit 3: Abstraction in Modeling and Simulation.  This unit consists of five short lessons that expand on your knowledge of abstraction, input and output in NetLogo, NetLogo agentsets, and agent-based modeling.  You will create your own Epidemic model and run a simulation experiment using the model you create as a testbed.    Once you have reviewed all the material and completed the tasks, please make sure you share them in your portfolio by inserting the screenshots and uploading your NetLogo program to the “Week 3: Abstraction” page of your portfolio. Remember to share your portfolio pages - we cannot give you credit for your work unless we get to see it!
 
Weekly Big-Group Hangouts

Every week we offer a Hangout-on-Air for all those participating in the CSP-AIMS workshop.  In this week's hangout we will talk about an activity that can help your students understand the concept of probability and link it to modeling,  Dice 'n' Data. CSP-AIMS' Big-Group Hangout is on Monday (11/16/2015) at 5:30 pm, US Mountain Time.  The Hangout will be streaming live on YouTube at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ct2rqTecaTI.  You will be able to post your questions and have them answered live during the hangout.   We hope you can join us!  For those who cannot make the actual live broadcast, the Hangout-on-Air will be recorded and made available on the CSP-AIMS online course and the Google+ page.
 
Weekly Facilitator Interactions

Hopefully you heard from your facilitator last week.  Your facilitator will continue to reach out to you to help you with the workshop material and any other problems related to the CSP-AIMS workshop.
 
Need Help

There are several ways you can get help:
  • General Questions - please post them to the forum called “Need NetLogo Help.” 
  • NetLogo Questions - please post them to the forum called “Need NetLogo Help.” 
  • Ask your Facilitator.
  • Post a question on the forum.
  • Email sfilearninglab@gmail.com.
 
Best wishes,
--the CSP-AIMS CS4HS Instructors and Facilitators 



CSP-AIMS Week 2 Announcement

2015-11-09

Welcome to Week 2 of the CSP-AIMS Workshop! This week we will be covering Unit 2: More Foundations. This unit consists of seven lessons that expand on your knowledge of NetLogo, Agent-Based Modeling and Computational Science. You will create your first model – a simple ecosystem with fish and plankton. Once you have reviewed all the material and completed the tasks, please make sure you share them in your portfolio by inserting the screenshots and uploading your NetLogo program to the “Week 2: More Foundations” page of your portfolio. We cannot give you credit for your work unless we get to see it!

Weekly Big-Group Hangouts

Every week we will be offering a Hangout-on-Air for all those participating in the CSP-AIMS workshop. The hangouts will be announced in the Workshop Forum and on the CSP-AIMS online course Google+ page. The Hangout-on-Air will be streaming live on YouTube starting 5:30 pm (US Mountain Time). You will be able to post your questions and have them answered live during the hangout.   We hope you can join us!

For those who cannot make the actual live broadcast, the Hangout-on-Air will be recorded and made available on the CSP-AIMS online course and the Google+ page.

Weekly Facilitator Interactions

Hopefully you have heard from your facilitator last week. Your facilitator will continue to reach out to you to help you with the workshop material and any other problems related to the CSP-AIMS workshop.

Need Help

There are several ways you can get help!

  • General Questions - please post them to the forum called “Need NetLogo Help.” 
  • NetLogo Questions - please post them to the forum called “Need NetLogo Help.” 
  • Ask your Facilitator. 
  • Post a question on the forum. 
  • Email sfilearninglab@gmail.com. 

 Best wishes,

 --the CSP-AIMS CS4HS Instructors and Facilitators

CSP-AIMS Week 1 Announcement

2015-11-02

Welcome to Week 1 of the CSP-AIMS Workshop. This workshop is made possible with support from Google CS4HS and Tides Foundation. We hope that the course helps you incorporate Modeling and Simulation into your Computer Science classes!

If you have not done so already, please complete the Participant Survey and Pre-course assessment linked on the main course page (https://csp-aims.appspot.com/sample/course). Also make sure you have completed the Getting Started Unit of the workshop.

This week we will be covering Unit 1: Foundations. This unit consists of five lessons that introduce you to Complex Adaptive Systems, Agent-Based Modeling and Programming in NetLogo. You will need to have downloaded NetLogo onto your computer and setup your Google portfolio website before you start this Unit. Once you have reviewed all the material and completed the tasks, please make sure you share them in your portfolio by inserting the Screen-shots and NetLogo Comparison spreadsheet and uploading your NetLogo program to the “Week 1 Foundations” page of your portfolio. We cannot give you credit for them unless we get to see them!

Weekly Big-Group Hangouts
Every week we will be offering a Hangout-on-Air for all those participating in the CSP-AIMS workshop. They will be announced in the Workshop Forum and on the CSP-AIMS online course Google+ page. Our first Hangout-on-Air will be streaming live on YouTube starting 5:30 pm (Mountain Time). You will be able to post your questions there and have them answered live during the Hangout. Here is the link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8727P3BDpE). We hope you can join us! For those who cannot make the actual live broadcast, the Hangout-on-Air will be recorded and be available on the CSP-AIMS online course Google+ page.

Weekly Facilitator Interactions
You will be assigned to a facilitator. They will contact you and let you know how to reach them and when their weekly meet ups are. Your facilitator will be available during meet up each week to review the week’s assignments and help you if you have problems or questions.

Need Help

  • There are many ways you can get help! 
  • General Questions - please post them to the forum called “Need NetLogo Help.” 
  • NetLogo Questions - please post them to the forum called “Need NetLogo Help.” 
  • Ask your Facilitator.
  • Post a question on the forum. 
  • Email sfilearninglab@gmail.com. 

 Best wishes,
--the CSP-AIMS CS4HS Instructors and Facilitators

CSP-AIMS about to start!

2015-10-30

Hello Everyone! The CSP-AIMS start date of November 2nd is almost here! We are all excited to be offering this workshop to you. As a reminder, please complete:

  • The "Getting Started" section of the workshop 
  • Google’s Pre-Course Survey 
  • The CSP-AIMS Workshop’s Pre-Assessment 
All three are located at the CSP-AIMS website (https://csp-aims.appspot.com/sample/course).

We will be offering weekly Hangouts on Air and the first one will take place on November 2, 2015 at 5:30 PM MST (0:30 AM UTC). The link to the Hangout on Air will be posted to the Announcements page on November 2nd. We are planning to record the Hangout so if you cannot make it and have questions, please post them on the forum called “Weekly Hangout On Air Questions” and we will try to respond to the them during the Hangout.

Thank you and see you soon! -- The CSP-AIMS team.


Please complete the "Getting Started" section before the class starts on November 2nd.

2015-10-24

Dear CSP-AIMS course takers,

Thank you for registering for the CSP-AIMS online workshop. We are busy at work preparing the course - we will be monitoring the emails and forum posts more regularly now. 

IT’S SLIGHTLY MORE THAN ONE WEEK BEFORE THE CLASS STARTS! Here are some things to do in the “Getting Started” section of the course (we've updated some information such as where to upload the link to your portfolio). 

  •  Set up portfolio and upload the link to your portfolio on the “CSP-AIMS online course” Google+ page https://plus.google.com/105752858648861386401/posts/awUBt4DWczF 
  • Join Google+ group from the Forum page to get access to the forum https://csp-aims.appspot.com/sample/forum 
  • Say hello in the “Meet and Greet” section of the forum. 
  • Download and preview NetLogo 
See you on November 2nd!
-- The CSP-AIMS team.


Welcome to the CSP-AIMS Workshop

2015-10-08

With support from the Google CS4HS program, Santa Fe Institute’s Learning Lab is offering a free online course called “Computer Science Principles - Aligned Integration of Modeling and Simulation” (CSP-AIMS).  This course prepares high school teachers to integrate computer modeling and simulation into AP CS Principles courses and builds the community of teachers who are offering rich computational thinking (CT) experiences through modeling and simulation. 

 

CSP-AIMS provides six weeks of free online instruction to educators who are interested in embedding modeling and simulation within College Board’s AP CS Principles. The course will begin the week of November 2, 2015 and run six consecutive weeks, ending on December 11, 2015.  Course materials will be posted weekly.

 

During the workshop, teachers will learn how to implement a four-week computer modeling and simulation module within an AP CS Principles course.  The module will address the AP CS Principles Big Ideas 1-4 and demonstrate how modeling and simulation can be used to address the 2014-2015 Performance Tasks Create/Programming and Explore/Impact. All lesson resources are aligned to the AP CS Principles, CSTA K-12 CS Standards and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). 

Course takers are expected to have familiarity with the AP CS Principles course framework and prior exposure to introductory computer science concepts and programming constructs is assumed.  The course was designed as professional development for high school Computer Science teachers and thus teaching approaches and best practices to increase student learning will be included.  Additionally, university faculty, school administrators, and others may benefit from gaining an understanding of modern scientific practice using computer models and simulation in the context of scientific inquiry.  (You will need a Google account to access the course.  Visit https://accounts.google.com/SignUp to set up an account if you don’t already have one.)

 

CSP-AIMS lesson materials leverage the existing University of New Mexico CS590 “Learning and Teaching Computer Science for All” professional development course in modeling and simulation and the UNM CS108 “Computer Science for All” course that were developed with funding from the National Science Foundation CE21 CS10K program.

 


For questions, please write to SFILearningLab@gmail.com

 

Acknowledgement and Disclaimer: This course is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CNS 1240992.  Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.