Arkansas has recently become the first state in the nation to require that all public high schools offer CS courses. TACT (Training Arkansas Computing Teachers) is a multifaceted program funded by NSF to certify high school teachers to teach Computer Science (CS).
Our goal is to prepare 50 Arkansas teachers to teach “AP CS Principles” by the end of the 3-year grant. To achieve this goal, University of Arkansas is offering two computer science courses in Summer 2018 (since 2016) for high school teachers, the “UTeach Computer Science principles course” and “TACT Computer Science Boot Camp course”. To read more about this program click here.
AP Computer Science Principles course framework: Equivalent of a first-semester introductory college course.
- Computational Thinking Practices: Connecting computing, creating computational artifacts, abstracting, analyzing problems and artifacts, communicating and collaborating.
- Big Ideas: Creativity, abstraction, data and information, algorithms, programming, the Internet and global impact.
UTeach CS Principles
- Based on “Thriving in our Digital World” curriculum developed at UT Austin.
- Project-based instruction.
- Introduces programming with Scratch and then switches to the language Processing.
TACT CS Boot Camp Course
Designed to be a more in-depth course covering topics necessary to pass a licensure exam. Topics include Java programming, algorithms, the Internet, security, software engineering.
Teachers who are already enrolled can click here to navigate to APSI and TACT Boot Camp course in Blackboard.
Below is the location of CSCE department, University of Arkansas