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Participants in the K-12 Computer Science Academy will be introduced to major concepts from the VA Computer Science SOLs through an interactive/hands-on curriculum. Closely aligned to the goals of AP Computer Science Principles and Exploring Computer Science, this survey class will cover a broad range of topics including computer languages, the internet, security and privacy, hardware development, and data/information. Participants will benefit from the exploratory nature of this class and create projects through maker-style instruction and several 'sandbox' activities. This class is geared towards teachers and administration from K-12th grades.
The 2018 Content Teaching Academy sessions begin at 8:30 Monday, June 25 and conclude at noon on Friday, June 29. On Monday-Thursday, the daily schedule is set up much like a high school 4x4 block schedule, with two 1.5 hour sessions in the morning and two 1.5 hour sessions in the afternoon. Breaks with snacks and beverages are provided between sessions in both the mornings and afternoons. Participants who are enrolled in an Academy for graduate credit must attend two additional sessions scheduled from 6:30 to 8:00 pm on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
The primary check-in period is from 5 to 7 pm on Sunday, June 24. Late arrivals and commuters may check in early Monday morning between 7 and 8 a.m.
Perry Shank is a K-12 Computer Science educator for Harrisonburg City School system and an adjunct professor for the Education Department at JMU. He holds his Ph.D and Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver and undergraduate degree from Eastern Mennonite University. He has over eighteen years of experience in teaching at public and private K-12 schools and has spent the past few years studying and researching the imaginative process in formal classroom settings. Dr. Shank is a two-time nominated teacher of the year for the Smithland Elementary School and a recognized innovative teacher with his use of electronics, turntables, and computer programming for 21st century instruction. His current academic and research interests include creative maker spaces in the classroom, K-12 computer science, and professional development.