Computer Science 2020

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Pathways Computer Science logoAs a school district that is deeply committed to student equity, Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) believes that all students should experience a robust introduction to computer science in grades PreK-8, and access to multiple computer science education pathways must be available to students in grades 9-12.

Approximately 5,000 high school students graduate from Seminole County Public Schools each year. These young adults face the opportunities and challenges of the contemporary economy, which is both structurally dynamic and globally interconnected.

Continued advancements in global communications, social media, and e‐commerce technologies will increase the need for workers who can competently and creatively use digital skills. Therefore, SCPS seeks—over the next five years—to substantially expand computer science instruction with the goal of scaling opportunities to all grade levels, PreK‐12.

The goal of the model for Elementary Schools is to provide a strong foundation in computer science that is aligned to Florida Standards and exciting to students. The goal of the model for Middle Schools is to extend the computer science skills acquired in elementary school with an increased focus on real‐world problem solving and application to career pathways.

The goal of the model for High Schools is to allow students who are interested in computer science as a future education or career pathway to significantly deepen the skills they acquired in elementary and middle school.

Annual instruction in computer sciences in grades PreK‐8, and multiple options for students in grades 9‐12, will:

  • Ensure universal access to the content and skills taught within the discipline, which is consistent with the excellence and equity priorities in the SCPS Strategic Plan and School Board policy.
  • Increase opportunities annually for students to engage in activities that promote critical thinking, problem‐solving, teamwork, technology, and interpersonal communication by expanding innovative instructional delivery, developing new and expanding current career/technical education programs, and increasing student access to technology through interactive learning devices.
  • Increase the percentage of students who identify a high interest in careers related to computer science as evidenced by data from the proposed 5th grade capstone project and from career interest inventories completed in middle school.
  • Increase access to Advanced Placement Computer Science and CTE Computer Science courses for all students, including traditionally underrepresented groups.
  • Increase the percentage of students passing Advanced Placement and industry certification examinations in Computer Science.
  • Increase the number of students who complete one or more dual enrollment electives in computer science.

Kindergarten Coding

ePathways is delighted to announce an exciting initiative happening at all Seminole County Elementary School Kindergarten Classrooms!

In the 15-16 school year, we began a district-wide implementation to introduce all Kindergarteners to computer programming through 10 introductory lessons in coding. These lessons not only align to Florida Standards but also complement other skills to prepare our Kindergarten students for being Future Ready.

After investigating and exploring existing coding programs, SCPS has decided that our optimal path is a to develop a homegrown curriculum by adapting existing resources and programs and customizing to our student’s needs. This curriculum development is currently underway with a committee of SCPS teachers, administrators, ETFs, and district staff.

This past summer and at the beginning of the school year, ePathways and the Department of Teaching and Learning provided professional development for all Kindergarten teachers to embrace this opportunity to engage future ready learners and gain access to the resources and lessons needed for implementation. In addition, all elementary schools have been provided with the resources needed for this initiative. Bee-Bot Robots and iPads will be arriving on campuses at the beginning of next school year.

In the lesson sequence, students will use physical movement to learn basic concepts associated with computer programming, then work in teams with small programmable robots, and finally use basic coding applications on electronic tablet devices.

For more information, click here to view a handout.