In fall 2016, the College Board launched its newest AP® course, AP Computer Science Principles. The course introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. The AP Program designed AP Computer Science Principles with the goal of creating leaders in computer science fields and attracting and engaging those who are traditionally underrepresented with essential computing tools and multidisciplinary opportunities.
For more information, visit http://collegeboard.org/APCSP.
General applications for the 2017-18 CS Principles Professional Learning Program have closed. However, all of our curriculum is available at no cost for anyone, anywhere to teach even if you have not attended our workshops. You can use the full curriculum or specific lessons.
If you are still interested in joining in 2018-19, sign up below to be added to our contact list.
Code.org is recognized by the College Board as an endorsed provider of curriculum and professional development for AP® Computer Science Principles. This endorsement affirms that all components of Code.org CS Principles’s offerings are aligned to the AP Curriculum Framework standards and the AP CS Principles assessment. Using an endorsed provider affords schools access to resources including an AP CS Principles syllabus pre-approved by the College Board’s AP Course Audit, and officially recognized professional development that prepares teachers to teach AP CS Principles. Our curriculum is available at no cost for anyone, anywhere to teach.
|Unit 1||The Internet What can be represented with a single bit and how do we get a single bit of information from one place to another? This unit explores the technical challenges and questions that arise from the need to represent digital information in computers and transfer it between people and computational devices. Topics include: the digital representation of information - numbers, text, images, and communication protocols.|
|Unit 2||Digital Information This unit further explores the ways that digital information is encoded, represented and manipulated. In this unit students will look at and generate data, clean it, manipulate it, and create and use visualizations to identify patterns and trends.|
|Unit 4||Big Data and Privacy The data rich world we live in also introduces many complex questions related to public policy, law, ethics and societal impact. In many ways this unit acts as a unit on current events. It is highly likely that there will be something related to big data, privacy and security going on in the news at any point in time. The major goals of the unit are 1) for students to develop a well-rounded and balanced view about data in the world around them and both the positive and negative effects of it and 2) to understand the basics of how and why modern encryption works.|
|AP Tasks||AP Exam and Performance Tasks Class time and lessons devoted to preparation and execution of the AP® Performance Tasks: Explore and Create.|
|post-AP||Post-AP material - Making Data-backed Apps After the AP test, many people have a few weeks left of school. We have some material and lessons that teach students how to use App Lab's database capabilities to make apps that store data in the cloud so it can be retrieved later.|
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We have forums for educators to discuss and trade ideas about CS Principles and talk about the curriculum. Code.org forums are used for all of our courses K-12 and can be found at forum.code.org. For CS Principles there are two forums that are most useful:
This course requires students have access to computers with a modern web browser. For more details, check out Code.org's technology requirements, here.
Many lessons have handouts that are designed to guide students through activities. While these handouts are not required, we highly recommend their use. In addition to handouts, you will need the following:
The following items are called for in lessons, but alternatives are offered below:
The following supplies are completely optional but will be useful to have on hand for various lessons:
With an approved teacher account you can find answer keys in a blue "Teacher Only" panel that shows in the online lessons and activities.
For teachers in our professional learning program will automatically be approved to view answer keys. If you need an approved teacher account, any teacher can apply for Code Studio access to protected teacher-only materials (answer keys, etc) through this form.
Check out our forum at http://forum.code.org. There you'll find a space for general CS Principles discussion as well as unit- and lesson-specific threads.
Yes, please! Our desire is that the curriculum will be a living document and not something set in stone. We are open to changes or alternatives to lessons so please send us your feedback by using the CS Principles forum.
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Please see this page about CS Principles Inspirations to read about the influential works in computer science education that form some of the course's philosophical underpinnings.
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