Computer Science Education

Computer Science

Resources, training, and support for fostering robust computer science learning and effective standards compliance

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Contact a member of our team for more information.

Brian Bates
Director, Professional Learning
bbates@ltcillinois.org

Bringing Computer Science Education to the Forefront

As K-12 schools around Illinois build and bolster their computer science curriculum, the LTC is ready to support individual and district-wide initiatives with cost-effective trainings and up-to-date resources.

Through our partnerships and connections to computer science (CS) educators across the state, we strive to make integrating CS learning and achieving standards-based compliance an empowering experience for all educators and school districts.

Upcoming Computer Science Events

Jun 13

Code.org CSA Summer Workshop

June 13 @ 8:30 am - June 17 @ 4:30 pm
Jun 22

CS Fundamentals – Charleston

June 22 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Jul 25

Code.org CS Discoveries Summer Workshop

July 25 @ 8:30 am - July 29 @ 4:30 pm
Aug 01

Code.org CS Principles Summer Workshop

August 1 @ 8:30 am - August 5 @ 4:30 pm
Nov 02

Illinois Education & Technology Conference

November 2 @ 8:00 am - November 4 @ 5:00 pm

Computer Science Definitions

The following definitions are based on guidance published by the Illinois State Board of Education. More information, including forthcoming resources, can be found on their website and in ISBE’s full Computer Science Standards.

  • Computer Literacy

    Beginning with the 2022-23 school year, all Illinois K-12 school districts will be required to provide developmentally appropriate opportunities for students to obtain computer literacy skills.

    “Computer literacy” is defined as “one’s knowledge of and ability to use computers and related technologies efficiently and effectively. More specifically, [it] includes knowing what constitutes a computer, the uses and applications for computers, and the impact of computers on society.”

  • Computer Science

    Beginning with the 2022-23 school year, all Illinois school districts that maintain grades 9-12 will be required to provide opportunities for students to take at least one computer science course aligned to ISBE’s rigorous learning standards.

    “Computer science” means the study of computers and algorithms, including their principles, their hardware and software designs, their implementation, and their impact on society. Computer science does not include the study of everyday uses of computers and computer applications, such as keyboarding or accessing the internet.

Code.org Regional Partnership

Through our Code.org partnership, Illinois educators can obtain high-quality CS professional development and curricular resources – often for little-to-no cost. You can also develop the expertise needed make CS learning accessible at any grade level using their ever-growing library of projects and teaching tools.

More than two million teachers have brought CS learning to their classroom through Code.org. Learn more about how Code.org can help you and your district grow CS teaching capacity starting today.

Registration is now open for summer 2022 Code.org workshops and cohorts. Click here for more information and to register!

Featured Resources from the Computer Science Resource Database

ISBE
Standards

Computer Literacy: Knowledge and Skill Development Continuum (ISBE)

This ISBE-produced resource contains several visual continuums for key computer literacy competencies, differentiated by grade level and level of skill mastery. This resource also includes computer literacy integration examples for social studies, science, ELA, and mathematics classrooms in grades K-12.

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LTC
Standards

IL CS Standards Integrated View (3/18/22)

Review all of Illinois’ new computer science learning standards, broken down for easy navigation by grade level and core concept.

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LTC
Best Practices

Copyright and Fair Use for Educators

A 2-page guide to US copyright law as it applies to education. Included are definitions of common terms as well as recommendations for sharing copyrighted works with students, colleagues, and online.

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LTC
Standards

Computer Science Legislative Brief (1.0, 12/3/21)

In anticipation of Illinois’ forthcoming K-12 computer science learning standards, the LTC has created a 1-page legislative brief summarizing each district’s obligations under the new curricular mandates. In this brief, you’ll also find links and citations to the relevant, codified legislation, making it easier to further your understanding of these laws and how you’ll fulfill their requirements in your district.

This version was published December 3, 2021. The content included herein is subject to change pending final guideline release and further guidance from ISBE.

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Standards

CSTA Standards

Provides resources with how to link CSTA standards to state and national standards (such as CCSS)

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Curriculum & Lesson Plans

National Math and Science Initiative

NMSI provides content-based, teacher-to-teacher coaching, classroom-ready lessons, web-based resources; (HS): Year-long AP CS

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