July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Computers in Education
Historically, Wyoming has depended on coal and petroleum as the foundation of the state's tax base. With revenue from these sources in decline, Wyoming lawmakers are beginning the process of transforming the state’s economy, with a focus on encouraging the growth of high tech industries. As a first step, the Wyoming State Legislature passed a 2019 bill mandating computer science at all levels of K-12 public education to encourage universal computer literacy. Based on this legislation, the Wyoming Department of Education wrote computer science standards, which were accepted in February 2020. While the Wyoming State School Board is currently working to approve these standards, Wyoming’s higher education system (the University of Wyoming and seven community colleges) has been implementing K-12 Computer Science Endorsement programs in accordance with the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standard Board. In the summer of 2020, Northwest College, a two-year college located in rural Wyoming, launched their program to a cohort of 18 K-12 teachers. The endorsement program includes courses in structured programming, application development, cyber citizenship, and robotics. The first cohort will graduate in May 2021 and will be certified to teach computer science in Wyoming’s public schools. This paper outlines the process for developing the curriculum, problems addressed, the strategies of those teaching the cohort, and the experiences of those teachers in the first cohort.
Northrup, A. K., & Floyd, R. E., & Dechert, S. R., & Burrows, A. C. (2021, July), Coding is the New Coal: A History of Integrating Computer Science Across Wyoming’s K-12 Curriculum Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36801
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