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  1. Pauline Lake
  2. Teaching Consultant
  4. Mobile CSP, Trinity College, College of St. Scholastica
  1. Cassandra Broneak
  2. http://www.linkedin.com/in/cassandra-broneak-beckworth-5b8b60152
  3. Data Specialist
  5. Mobile CSP, College of St. Scholastica
  1. Beryl Hoffman
  2. Associate Professor
  4. Elms College
  1. Chery LUCARELLI
  2. https://www.linkedin.com/in/cherytakkunen/
  3. Chair Graduate Education Programs
  5. College of St. Scholastica
  1. Ralph Morelli
  2. Professor Emeritus
  4. Trinity College

Mobile Computer Science Principles

NSF Awards: 1240841, 1440947

2018 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 9-12

Mobile CSP is a College Board-endorsed AP Computer Science Principles curriculum and professional development based on the theme of mobile computing. The course:

  • Engages students from all backgrounds in building socially useful mobile apps with MIT's App Inventor;
  • Uses project-based programming and computer science lessons;
  • Emphasizes writing & communication skills;
  • Fosters collaboration & creativity in the classroom.

Mobile CSP was designed to help broaden participation in computer science among high school girls and underrepresented minorities. Since 2013 the Mobile CSP project has provided professional development to more than 400 teachers throughout the U.S. and reached more than 10,000 students.  For the 2017-18 academic year, there are more than 600 teachers and 10,000 students using the Mobile CSP curriculum.

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Discussion from the 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase (12 posts)
  • Icon for: Pauline Lake

    Pauline Lake

    Lead Presenter
    Teaching Consultant
    May 14, 2018 | 09:23 a.m.

    Welcome! We hope that you enjoy learning about Mobile CSP and how engaged students are when learning about Computer Science (CS) through a lens that they are familiar with: Mobile phones! Mobile CSP began, officially, in 2013 with an NSF grant at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Since then the project is now serving more than 600 teachers and 10,000 students nationwide!

    What are your thoughts on using mobile computing to teach CS? 

  • Icon for: Daniel Damelin

    Daniel Damelin

    Senior Scientist
    May 14, 2018 | 03:15 p.m.

    It's amazing that you have reached so many teachers. Can you describe your professional development model?

    What grade range of students have you worked with?

  • Icon for: Pauline Lake

    Pauline Lake

    Lead Presenter
    Teaching Consultant
    May 14, 2018 | 03:32 p.m.

    The Mobile CSP curriculum is aimed at high school students. However, we know that our materials have been used in middle school classrooms as well!

    Our professional development model consists of summer training followed by academic year support:

    • Extended (90-100 hours) either in a completely online format or blended (2 weeks online combined with 2 weeks in-person)
    • Immersion (50 hours) in-person or this year, for the first time, completely online!

    During the PD, teachers have a Master Teacher (someone who has completed the PD and taught the course in their school) that leads them and then provides on-going support throughout the academic year. Throughout the academic year we also offer monthly webinars and maintain a forum where teachers can share ideas and resources or ask for help at any time.

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    Carrie Willis

    Technology Director and Teacher
    May 16, 2018 | 09:19 p.m.

    Wow, this is amazing! I love the PD model you described above. It sounds as if this will be very successful. Is the PD free of charge or paid? 

    I love that the students are not just learning CS and app development, but are encouraged to build apps that solve local community problems. I would love to see some examples of what the students have come up with. 

  • Icon for: Brian Drayton

    Brian Drayton

    May 17, 2018 | 06:05 a.m.

    This is a very engaging video that I hope you'll use in a lot of different settings!  It gets a lot into the 3 minutes.

     Like Carrie, I really love the emphasis (as one teacher says) on making things that people can actually use. It appeals to kids' ethical as well as intellectual and aesthetic interests. 

    The PD program sounds rich and effective — and it seems to me it's a story worth telling on its own.  I hope you have the time and resources to document and analyze that side of this very interesting project. 


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    Beryl Hoffman

    Associate Professor
    May 17, 2018 | 07:43 a.m.

    One of the things I love about Mobile CSP is the teacher community! This community starts in the intensive summer PD with a cohort of teachers and then continues throughout the academic year when they join all of the teachers who have been teaching Mobile CSP for the last couple years in forums and in monthly webinars. I'm always amazed by how supportive the teachers are of one another in sharing ideas, feedback, problems and solutions. This community also drives changes and updates to the curriculum and PD.  This year we are charging for the PD for the first time (see mobile-csp.org/participate) but we do have scholarships and are continuously looking for more grant funding. The curriculum is free for students and teachers, and it includes a  student site and a teacher site.  The curriculum uses MIT's App Inventor which is great in encouraging beginning programmers to be creative and to produce real-world apps that are socially useful.

  • Icon for: Pauline Lake

    Pauline Lake

    Lead Presenter
    Teaching Consultant
    May 17, 2018 | 10:39 a.m.

    Thank you for sharing, Beryl!

    Some examples of student apps can be found here in this brief slideshow. Next Tuesday, we will also host our 5th annual Mobile CSP App Expo at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Students come from across the state to showcase the apps they've made in the class. It's a chance for them to network and communicate with their peers from other schools as well as a chance to celebrate their accomplishments in the course. While it's only a very small subset of students given the location, it gives guests an idea of the work students produce in the course and a feel for how much they are engaged with the material and their projects.

  • Icon for: Cathlyn Stylinski

    Cathlyn Stylinski

    May 18, 2018 | 09:09 a.m.

    An impressive project and well produced video. Do these students have a chance to work with community members as they develop mobile apps? If so, how do you support this?


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    Ralph Morelli

    Professor Emeritus
    May 18, 2018 | 09:47 a.m.

    Yes.  One of the annual activities sponsored by the project is the Mobile Apps for Hartford project.  This is a summer employment program supported in part by the City of Hartford whereby students who have taken the Mobile CSP course get summer jobs that involve working with local non-profits or government agencies to build mobile apps that benefit the organization and the community.  Last year's group worked with the Connecticut Science Center to develop Butterfly Spy an app that enables K-12 students to interact with the center's new butterfly room.   

    Thanks for your question!

  • Icon for: James Diamond

    James Diamond

    Research Scientist
    May 18, 2018 | 12:06 p.m.

    This looks like a terrific project! Thanks for sharing it.

    Can you share a bit more about the population of students this program is reaching? By that I mean, do you feel like the program is reaching underserved and underrepresented students? Thanks again!

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    Ralph Morelli

    Professor Emeritus
    May 18, 2018 | 12:31 p.m.

    Here is a brief summary of data from last year's (2017) College Board exam.  For last year's exam our reach among underrepresented students tracked pretty closely to the national averages, which means, of course, that we aspire to better in coming years. 

    Thanks for your questions.

  • Icon for: shamsi moussavi

    shamsi moussavi

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 21, 2018 | 11:11 a.m.

    Great video of a great project!

    I am curious to know about the result from offering online session during the academic year. Was the participation and enthusiasm the same as previous years?

    Thank you for sharing!

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