Status: Ready to use

Your Facebook Life in 62 Seconds

If you haven't had Facebook create your movie yet, you should.  It is awesome! And what a relevant way to explore data with our students. In this project, students will look at the data that Facebook and other social media sites are storing, they will generate a list of viable questions that could be answered through this data, create search criteria and develop algorithms. To conclude this project, students will create their own Social Media Poster by investigating the data found on their own social media accounts. 

Insertion Sorting Resources

Status: Ready to use

Here are a few videos that I created last school year while teaching insertion sorting. The worksheet is from Barbara Ericson, and the tiles idea is not mine. :) 

The first video shows a trace through the selection sort algorithm. The worksheet we are using is attached. The 2nd video shows us working through the algorithm using tiles. There is also a worksheet attached to assist in tracking the number of comparisons and accesses to the array. 

The sound is not always the best, but I think it is good enough for you to understand what we are doing throughout. Enjoy.

Resources Shared in Keynote on Teaching Data

The following resources were shared by panelists and participants during the Keynote on Teaching Data event held on Dececmber 6th, 2013.

Khan Academy – The javascript tutorial is useful


OpenEdX – good platform for running MOOCs

edX/MITx 6.00x

Resources Shared in Teaching and Assessing Data in My Classroom Panel

The following resources were shared by panelists and participants during the panel discussion for How I'm teaching and Assessing Data in My Classroom event held on Dececmber 5th, 2013.

Resources Shared in Big Data Panel

The following resources were shared by panelists and participants during the panel discussion for Big Data: What's in it for High School Students? event held on Dececmber 5th, 2013.

Engaging students in working with their own social media data

One source of data that participants in several discussions said would likely be engaging is students own social media participation. For example, Facebook allows you to download you data in a format that's reasonable to work with. We heard about several techniques from computational linguistics and social network analysis that might be applicable and accessible in ECS and CSP.

Finding and Working with Data Sets

Throughout the three panels and the keynote, a key challenge that came up time and again was data sets. Where do you find data sets likely to be of interest to students? What kinds work best? What do you need to do to them to get them in a form with which students can productively work? How much choice should students have about which data sets with which they will work? 

Keynote on Teaching Data (Event Archive)

Session Overview:

In this final presentation of the CS10K community-wide series on Teaching Data, Katy Börner gives a sense of what's new and exciting in the world of data visualization, providing a conceptual framework for understanding the full range of approaches. She shares her experiences working with high school teachers and students and provides some concrete starting points for getting students powerfully engaged with working with data, suggesting tools and activities you can incorporate into your own classroom.

How I'm Teaching and Assessing Data in My Classroom (Event Archive)

Session Overview:

Some teachers of ECS and CSP already have significant experience teaching data, and others are developing promising new approaches that will soon be tested in the classroom. In this panel event, veteran computer science teachers discussed what has worked in their classes for teaching data and what ongoing challenges and unrealized opportunities remain. This is the third in a series of community-wide events focused on Teaching Data held on Thursday, December 5th.


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