Teaching computer science principles using StarLogoTNG
Author(s)Tannis, Tamika P
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
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This thesis outlines the development of a 3-module set of lesson plans implemented using StarLogoTNG. The purpose of these lesson plans are to serve as a vehicle for teaching and reinforcing specific learning objectives of the CollegeBoard's Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles course, which has 7 main themes. Each lesson plan has as its focus a subset of learning objectives from one of the themes of Creativity, Data, or Internet, while simultaneously incorporating additional learning goals from the themes of Abstraction, Programming, Algorithms, and Impact. These interactive lesson plans go beyond the use of StarLogoTNG to complete specific tasks by integrating meaningful class discussions and occasional peer instruction and peer review activities. Such activities become catalysts for students to develop a deeper understanding of the course materials. By connecting learning goals from different themes of the course and packaging them in cohesive lesson plans that utilize methods of teaching for understanding, this thesis aims to provide a useful and effective set of a materials for the instruction of computer science principles.
Thesis: M. Eng., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2013.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 81-83).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.