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Wisconsin-Ready to Move on CS Certification, Curriculum and a Statewide CS Organization WMC Annual MeetingMay 3, 2012

Andy Kuemmel <[email protected]>

Joe Kmoch < [email protected] >


Why do we need an organization
Why do we need an organization? a Statewide CS Organization

  • Some reasons include:

    • Support group for the small number of teachers statewide who teach courses or units in CS and IT

    • Support for teachers who face districts wanting to eliminate CS and IT from the curriculum (eg, budget, interest)

    • Better pursue and expand CS/IT activities state-wide (e.g., workshops, proclamations)

    • Over 80 WI CS/IT teachers have attended this conference in recent years


What s happening in wi
What a Statewide CS Organization ’s Happening in WI?

  • Semi-Annual reports of activities provided to CSTA

  • Since 2006 there has been a CS/IT strand at the WMC Annual Math Conference

  • We had a national ACM/SIGCSE Symposium in March, 2010

  • CS Ed Week Proclamation for 2009 through 2011

  • Involvement with iFair events in Milwaukee

  • Involvement with national directions

    • Involvement with APCS Principles and Exploring CS courses

    • Involvement with K-12 Computational Thinking initiative (CSTA, ISTE, NSF)


At the wmc conference
At the WMC conference... a Statewide CS Organization

  • This year, Finch Robots, Alice, JavaWIDE, AP CS Principles pilot course and Computational Thinking are among the topics here.

  • Previously there have been sessions on GameMaker, Moodle, Python, Robotics, Web 2.0, website creation, Scratch, Greenfoot, Fang, Karel, APCS curriculum, DPI certification

  • These sessions are often well-attended.


Recent national imperatives 1
Recent National Imperatives-1 a Statewide CS Organization

CS Explicitly in STEM. The Department of Education has recognized computer science as a science part of STEM. This is important for applying for funds related to STEM. < http://www.acm.org/public-policy/RTTT_i3_Funding_Memo_v2.pdf >


Recent national imperatives 2
Recent National Imperatives-2 a Statewide CS Organization

Inclusion of Computer Science in the Draft of the Math Core Standard.

This statement by John White, President of ACM, relates to the inclusion of computer science in the set of standards being worked on by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association for use by all states once it is finalized in the next few months. < http://www.acm.org/news/featured/common-core-standards1 >.  

Cameron Wilson, Director of Public Policy for ACM, wrote a longer blog post with more context as to what this means. < http://cacm.acm.org/blogs/blog-cacm/80686-computing-and-the-common-core/fulltext >


It cs ct oh my
IT, CS, CT, oh My! a Statewide CS Organization

  • Traditional Definitions of IT and CS (and other related fields such as SE, CE, IS) are too narrow

  • Broader definitions proposed for CS and IT – Computing Technologies (CT)?

  • ACM Model CS Curriculum based on algorithm development and problem solving

  • IT Career Cluster has 4 pathways


Why teach cs it in k 12
Why Teach CS/IT in K-12? a Statewide CS Organization

  • Workforce development issues

  • Higher levels of information fluency required of workers

  • Current numbers of students in post-secondary institutions involved with Computing are at historic lows


Future workforce latest stats from 2010 2020
Future Workforce a Statewide CS Organization (latest stats from 2010-2020)

  • Expected Growth in jobs is very high in CS/IT and Engineering

  • CS/IT (us dept of labor: 15-1100)

    • 2010 actual: 3,426,000

    • 2020 projected: 4,184,700

  • Engineers (us dept of labor: 17-2000)

    • 2010 actual: 1,519,000

    • 2020 projected: 1,679,400


Projected percentage change in jobs from 2010 to 2020
Projected Percentage Change in Jobs a Statewide CS Organization from 2010 to 2020

  • CS/IT, +22%, 758,800 new jobs

    • Software Developers & Programmers, +25%

    • Computer System Analysts, +22%

    • Database Sys Admins & Network Arch, +28%

    • Computer Support Specialists, +18%

    • Security Analyst, Web Dev, CS Res, others, +15%

  • Engineers, +11%, 160,400 new jobs

    • http://www.bls.gov/emp/tables.htm


Number of job openings due to growth and replacement through 2020 in thousands
Number of Job Openings due to Growth and Replacement through 2020 (in thousands)

  • CS/IT, 1366.2 (758.8 growth + 607.4 repl)

    • Software Dev & Prog, 493.9 (314.6 gr + 179.3 repl)

    • Computer System Analysts, 222.5 (120.4 gr + 104.1 repl)

    • DB Sys Admins & Network Arch, 207.9 (130.6 gr + 77.3 repl)

    • Comp Support Specialists, 269.5 (110.0 gr + 159.5 repl)

    • Security Analyst, Web Dev, CS Res, others, 172.5 (83.3 gr + 89.2 repl)

  • Engineers, 526.0 (160.4 growth, 365.6 repl.)


Cs ce majors are in demand
CS & CE majors are in demand 2020 (in thousands)


Access to rigorous cs is diminishing
Access to Rigorous CS is Diminishing 2020 (in thousands)

Schools offering introductory (or pre-AP) Computer Science courses, change from 2005 baseline:

Source: CSTA National Secondary Computer Science Survey

Schools offering AP Computer Science courses, change from 2005 baseline:

Source: CSTA National Secondary Computer Science Survey


That s nice data but so what
That 2020 (in thousands)’s nice data, but so what?

*Slide is from Ed Lazowska

The instructional practices and assessments discussed or shown are not an endorsement by ACM or the U.S. Department of Education.


Interest In Majoring in CS Among 2020 (in thousands)

Incoming Freshman

The instructional practices and assessments discussed or shown are not an endorsement by ACM or the U.S. Department of Education.


Wisconsin it computing specialist projections
Wisconsin IT/Computing Specialist Projections 2020 (in thousands)

  • Through 2018 an increase of 5,570 new IT jobs (+9.8%) and about 10,200 replacements totaling nearly 15,770 job openings

  • Growing include Computer Software Engineers (+17.4%), Systems Analysts (+9.3%), Network Sys and Datacom Analysts (+36.9)

  • <http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/oea/employment_projections/long_term_projections.htm#long_term_projections>


It and stem
IT and STEM 2020 (in thousands)

  • Nationally

    • job openings in IT through 2020 is > 1.37 million

    • Job openings in STEM through 2020 is > 1.42 million

  • Wisconsin

    • Job openings in IT through 2018 is about 15,800

    • Job openings in STEM through 2018 is about 18,700

  • Conclusions:

    • We should add IT to our STEM initiatives

    • Not an IT vs engineering thing, but rather an awareness of greater opportunities for family-supporting careers for our kids


How did we get to where we re at
How did we get to where we 2020 (in thousands)’re at?

  • Perceptions of CS/IT job market

  • Perceptions of the kind of jobs these are

  • Budget cutting

  • CS/IT courses deemed expendable, not required, not mainstream

  • Results of schools reacting to NCLB


How did we get
How did we get… 2020 (in thousands)

  • Lack of courses

  • Lack of trained and interested teachers

  • Lack of professional development opportunities

  • Cost of teacher certification

  • Need for development of a national curriculum similar to PLTW (including courses, prof development, marketing)


Opportunities are there
Opportunities are there 2020 (in thousands)

  • The projections for WI are almost identical to those of the nation (2020 = college graduation for this year’s HS freshmen)

  • Need to get more students involved at younger ages

  • Need to keep them on the right track

  • Need to have that “right track” for them to choose and to continue through HS


What to do
What to do? 2020 (in thousands)

  • Ensuring students become proficient users of IT products and services (fluency)

  • Committing to offer IT curriculum in middle and high schools

  • Support faculty to become certified to teach IT


Ensuring students become proficient users of it products and services fluency
Ensuring students become proficient users of IT products and services (fluency)

  • Faculty models use of technology

  • Technology is integrated in all subject areas

  • Providing technology for communication and collaboration

  • Ensuring access to technology

  • Allow for networking and social groups related to IT

  • Encourage exploration and experimentation


Committing to offer it curriculum in middle and high schools
Committing to offer IT curriculum in middle and high schools services (fluency)

  • Meeting DPI requirements as users

  • Creating pathways

  • Beyond programming

    • Networking

    • Web/Graphic

    • Video/Audio

    • Simulation/Gaming/Animation

  • Progressive emphasis:

    • Exposure

    • Usage

    • Concepts

    • Application

  • Developing business/community partnerships


Support faculty to become certified to teach it
Support faculty to become certified to teach IT services (fluency)

  • CS Certification only relates to programming

    • Under review

    • More than programming

  • Application Training

  • Industry Certifications – A+, Net+, iNet+

  • Vendor Certifications – Microsoft, CISCO

  • MATC – classes for recertification and professional development


Cs it and stem
CS/IT and STEM services (fluency)

  • Programs and Activities that expose students to IT and STEM careers

  • Ways in which companies and individuals can support these through sponsorship and mentoring

  • The role schools and faculty play in supporting these programs

  • Computational Thinking initiatives might be the “glue” that brings these two areas closely together


Activities for students
Activities for Students services (fluency)

  • In addition to PLTW and other tech courses, there are a number of programs aimed at exposing students to STEM careers


Mentoring and sponsorship
Mentoring and Sponsorship services (fluency)

These programs offer companies the chance to sponsor activities and provide mentors to attract the workforce of tomorrow (and the interns of today)


Outcomes
Outcomes services (fluency)

What makes these programs great?

  • Inclusion (promotes diversity)

  • Multidisciplinary (promotes exposure)

  • Teach soft skills (enhances employability)


Forming a statewide cs it group
Forming a Statewide CS/IT Group services (fluency)

  • Chapter of CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association)

  • Chapter application submitted in late 2010; temporarily tabled; we will resubmit

    • See proposed “Planned Activities” from the application; are there others?

  • We need your help, support and most importantly involvement to make this work.

  • Please let us invite you to our WI-CSandIT-Teachers Google Group


What else is happening
What Else is Happening? services (fluency)

  • AP CS Principles pilot course being taught by Andy Kuemmel at Madison West and Andrea Arpaci-Dusseau at UW-Madison

    • Second phase of the pilot

    • Now including high schools paired with universities

    • Intended to be an introduction to Computer Science so it is not just a programming course

    • Probably will be used as a predecessor course for APCS-A which is the current Java-based course.

    • Andy has a session on Friday at 1pm in Bauer-Lightbody


Is there more
Is there more? services (fluency)

  • Google-supported CS4HS at Marquette U July 23-25 – see flyer – we need your attendance and ideas

    • First efforts to make a difference in CS for Wisconsin

  • To register

    • http://www.mscs.mu.edu/~brylow/pump-cs

  • For suggestions or questions


All that and more
All that and more? services (fluency)

  • NSF Computing Education for the 21st Century (CE21) Program Solicitation

    • 10 person team including DPI, Marquette U, UW-Madison, UW-LaCrosse and several high school people

    • Submitted a 3-yr proposal called PUMP-CS

    • Would start Summer, 2013 with PD for Exploring CS and AP CS Principles curricula

    • Begin work on WI CS Certification changes


References and contact info
References and Contact Info services (fluency)


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