CS Promotion

February 16, 2012 at 12:40 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

These two weeks are is quite important for making students at North aware of the computer science programs and specifically the new CS principles course. Of course I am teaching CS Principles under the hood of Game Programming has made it even more fun and attractive.

We have an elective fair at our school. All departments that offer elective courses give out flyers and brochures and encourage their current students to talk about the courses and have other students recruit them to their classes. At our elective fair this year we gave out blow pops! I attached tiny messages like, “Join Game Design”, “Do you like gaming? Take a computer class to understand it better” to the blow pop. Then I asked many of my volunteer students to give them out to other students who they thought would enjoy computer science. This was a lot of fun.

For AP classes, I used the PSAT scores to help determine a student’s potential. I looked at their performance in language arts (students need to be able to comprehend the free response questions that are given to them in the AP Exam) as well as how well they performed on the math section of the PSAT.  Based on the data I sent letters to about 50 students and their parents encouraging them to take AP Computer Science. At AP Night (an evening when all parents are encouraged to come to school and talk to the AP teachers) I spoke to several of the students and parents and gave them handouts specifically outlining what my expectations are for my AP course.

Enrollment is next week. I will find out if this promotion had any impact.

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