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Date Time Title
Thu. 07/12/07 8:30 a.m. -
4:00 p.m.
Computer Science A and AB
New/Experienced

In this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of the content and structure of the AP Computer Science A and AB curricula. Focus will be placed on both multiple choice and free response aspects of the exam incliding an introduction of GridWorld, the newest case study testable on the 2008 exam.

Presenter(s): Reg Hahne, Marriotts Ridge High School, Marriottsville, Maryland

Subject(s): Computer Science

Date Time Title
Fri. 07/13/07 9:00 a.m. -
10:15 a.m.
Teaching Algorithms Using Interactice Animations
New/Experienced

In this session, participants will gain a clear understanding of the advantages of teaching algorithms by using interactive animations. Interactive animations allow the students to observe the execution of algorithms step-by-step. Therefore, they are beneficial for both in- class demonstration and after-class review. A Website that contains many interactive animations for teaching algorithms will be delivered to the participants at the end of the session.

Presenter(s): Hongbiao Zeng, Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas

Subject(s): Computer Science

Date Time Title
Fri. 07/13/07 10:45 a.m. -
12:00 p.m.
Having Fun with Computer Science

Participants will gain an understanding of the use of logic games and puzzles to improve students' problem-solving skills, learn fun ways to introduce computer science topics, and be introduced to ideas for hands-on activities that illustrate a variety of computer science concepts.

Presenter(s): Harold Don Allen, Troy High School, Fullerton, California;
Tracy Ishman, Plano West Senior High School, Plano, Texas;
Ann Shen, Bishop Strachan School, Toronto, Ontario

Subject(s): Computer Science

Date Time Title
Fri. 07/13/07 3:30 p.m. -
4:45 p.m.
Writing As a Tool in AP Computer Science A/AB

Participants will gain a greater understanding of how and why writing can be a valuable tool for teaching and learning AP Computer Science. Integration strategies and techniques will help teachers use writing as another way to represent information and teach students with different learning styles. Teacher-tested assignments and grading rubrics will be discussed and shared.

Presenter(s): Stephanie (Stevie) Lord, Bangor High School, Stetson, Maine

Subject(s): Computer Science

Date Time Title
Fri. 07/13/07 3:30 p.m. -
4:45 p.m.
Incorporating White Board Technology in AP Courses

The goal of the session is to provide participants with the knowledge of the technology's value in delivering AP course content. Presenters will demonstrate lessons highlighting the many ways content-specific knowledge obtained from a wide array of sources can be seamlessly communicated using an interactive white-board. At the end of this session, participants will have a clear understanding of how interactive technology can enhance their AP courses, and facilitate the delivery of a wider variety of subject matter that results in broader student understanding and stimulated participation.

Presenter(s): Daniel Ciocca, Christopher Columbus High School, Miami, Florida;
Mary Teresa McCullagh, Christopher Columbus High School, Miami, Florida;
Keith Crossman, Christopher Columbus High School, Miami, Florida

Subject(s): Computer Science

Date Time Title
Sat. 07/14/07 9:00 a.m. -
10:15 a.m.
An Introduction to the GridWorld Case Study

Participants will gain knowledge of the GridWorld Case Study that will be included on the 2008 AP Computer Science Exams. They will gain ideas on incorporating the case study into the AP curriculum, how to develop and find resources, and interesting features of GridWorld will be discussed. Sample problems that use the grid without using critters and bugs will also be shown.

Presenter(s): Harold Don Allen, Troy High School, Fullerton, California;
Tracy Ishman, Plano West Senior High School, Plano, Texas;
Ann Shen, Bishop Strachan School, Toronto, Ontario

Subject(s): Computer Science

Date Time Title
Sat. 07/14/07 10:45 a.m. -
12:00 p.m.
Meet the Development Committee: AP Computer Science
New/Experienced

In this session, participants gain an understanding of the creation and grading process of the AP Computer Science Exam and are introduced to general observations that can be made. Insights into the development of free-response questions will be provided by current Development Committee members, with an eye toward upcoming changes in the AP Computer Science curriculum. The session concludes with a question-and-answer period.

Presenter(s): Harold Don Allen, Troy High School, Fullerton, California;
Tracy Ishman, Plano West Senior High School, Plano, Texas;
Ann Shen, Bishop Strachan School, Toronto, Ontario

Subject(s): Computer Science

Date Time Title
Sat. 07/14/07 2:45 p.m. -
4:00 p.m.
Revitalize Your AP Computer Science Course! (KEYNOTE SESSION)
New/Experienced

Is your AP Computer Science course stuck in the doldrums? Are you teaching Java the same way you did when version 1.0 came out? Do you often ask yourself if there might be a better way to present the same material? Look no further! In this session, participants will learn some recent innovative techniques used across the country to make your class dynamic and engaging. We will highlight Kinesthetic Learning Activities, prepackaged "Nifty Assignments," Pair Programming, With-Computer Exams, and Peer Instruction. We will also share some of our "insider" teaching tips collected from great educators. Finally, we will point attendees to some outstanding teaching resources. There will be hands-on demos throughout; attendees are encouraged to bring laptops.

Presenter(s): Dan Garcia, University of California, Berkeley, California

Subject(s): Computer Science

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