Unit 4: Integration With An Example School Model

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Introduction to Unit 4

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Warm Up

Does your current school district have a computer science and digital fluency program? What does your school district currently have in place to meet the standards? (If you don't have a district, choose one close to you.)

Objectives for Unit 4

At the end of this unit, YOU will be able to:

  • Analyze an example model of K-12 computer science and digital literacy.
  • Connect information from previous units to the example school model.
  • Create a list of examples from the school model that your school district or classroom will be able to utilize.

Lesson 1: Computer Science Curriculum Pathways

Mini Lecture

In order to fully grasp the connections made from kindergarten to senior year of high school, we can create a pathway chart that will connect each grade to the next and show the developed scaffolding that each grade builds upon as the students progress through their education. The K–12 Computer Science Framework website is a great resource that shows how school districts can implement computer science curriculum in a "Broad and Deep Exposure", "Moderate Exposure", or "Basic Exposure" pathway. Below is a graphic showing the stages of the path that school districts can modify and apply to meet the computer science curriculum standards:

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WATCH: This video is produced from the Bellevue Schools Foundation which is an organization that supports the Bellevue School District and their computer science initiative that brings students to the 21st centure. Pay close attention to the different activities and subjects that students can apply to their computer science knowledge.

Lesson 2: Digital Fluency Curriculum Pathways

Mini Lecture

Students of today are immersed in the digital world and we must prepare them to be successful with their own "digital citizenship" we talked about in unit 1 of this mini course. SET-BC (Special Education Technology - British Columbia) is a program that falls under the Ministry of Education for the British Columbia citizens in Canada. This outreach program is similar to the BOCES (Boards of Cooperative Educational Services) programs we have throughout New York State and can be identified as supplemental education services and opportunities for students. In the graphic below, you will see how the SET-BC program formats their digital citizenship outreach through concepts applied at different grade levels. Their website has a whole framework that is compiled of several modules that explain the levels of digital fluency with specific applications to the underlying concepts we identify in the NYS Computer Science and Digital Fluency Learning Standards.



WATCH: Common Sense Education is an organization that provides schools with a free, research-based Digital Citizenship Curriculum for grades K-12. This is a wonderful resource for school districts to utilize as they are working through creation of a curriculum for digital fluency and preparing students for life in the 21st century. This video is an overview of their curriculum and application to any school district.

Lesson 3: School Model

Below is an example school district plan that is briefly described in the chart. This document is not inclusive of all information regarding the program but outlines the beginnings of an implementation for the computer science and digital fluency standards. Read through this plan, and take notes on what each grade level will use in their pathway options for each grade level.

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After reading through the example above, visit the two webpages below to see how real school districts plan to implement the computer science and digital literacy standards in their own states. Take note on the similarities and differences between these schools and the example school above.

Bellevue School District: https://bsd405.org/about/initiatives/k12cs/

Hingham Public Schools: https://hinghamschools.org/academic-programs/computer-science/implementation-plan/

Assignment #4: Analyze the Different School Plans

After looking at pathway options for digital literacy and computer science, and analyzing the several school district plans shown above, it is time to react to the choices these districts are making for their programs. You will be creating a padlet post describing your analysis of the school districts and outlining 6 common features that each plan includes. After, share 2 key differences that stand out in each school example with an explanation of how these differences could positively or negatively impact the ability for the program to thrive.

Here is the link to online experience board where you will share your experiences with other students:


Course Navigation

Course Home: Incorporating Computer Science K-12

Unit 1: What is COMPUTER SCIENCE? And Why Should We Teach it K-12?

Unit 2: Grade Level Expectations

Previous Unit: Unit 3: Applications in Each Content Area

Next Unit: Unit 5: Resources and Key Instructional Technologies


K–12 Computer Science Framework Website: https://k12cs.org/curriculum-assessment-pathways/

ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Website: https://www.iste.org/

Set-BC Digital Citizenship Modules Website: https://www.setbc.org/2018/06/digital-citizenship-2018/