This workshop provides teachers with the tools they need to implement an effective AP Computer Science Principles course. During this training, teachers will explore the computational thinking practices and the components of the curriculum framework, including the big ideas, enduring understandings, learning objectives, and essential knowledge. Participants will understand how to use activities that organize the course content to develop students’ proficiencies in the skills identified by the curriculum framework. In addition, participants will work on a course plan that will help them decide how they will teach the skills and content of the AP Computer Science Principles course.
Gina McCarley teaches AP Computer Science Principles, AP Computer Science A, and Career Technical Courses at Lawrence County High School in Moulton, Alabama. Additionally, Gina teaches Introduction to Programming and APCS-A for the Alabama Virtual School via the Alabama ACCESS program for the Northern region of the state. Gina has been working in education since leaving industry in 1999.
Gina served as a mentor teacher for CS4Alabama’s launch of Computer Science Principles course and is a participated pilot teacher in the College Board National Pilot of AP Computer Science Principles Phase II. Gina also works as an AP Computer Science Principles teacher mentor and student study session leader for NMSI.
In the classroom, Gina uses multimedia tools to engage student interest and participation. Some of her most successful projects involve her students using multimedia tools to express themselves creatively and to document their exploration in problem base inquiry.