Boise State University has been recognized by the White House for its effort to improve K-12 computer science teaching. The university’s IDoCode program, in collaboration with the College of Innovation and Design, is developing a CS badge for teachers.
The White House’s April 13 fact sheet (www.whitehouse.gov) included the following on page 6:
Today, the Administration is highlighting new commitments that advance the President’s CS efforts.
Boise State University, as part of its IDoCode program and in cooperation with Idaho State Department of Education and local high schools, will develop a CS badge for teachers, to be available by fall 2017. The badge will provide CS training for 10-12 additional teachers each year. Once the program is established, IDoCode will work to replicate it to additional Idaho campuses to reach another 10-20 teachers each year. IDoCode will also support state efforts to develop K-12 CS standards for students, with a goal of achieving legislative approval in 2017.
“Students today are facing a world that is increasingly technology enabled,” said Gordon Jones, dean of the College of Innovation and Design. “The IDoTeach program is an innovative approach to equipping K-12 educators so they can educate students to participate and embrace the future with relevant knowledge and skills. I am excited to see the positive impact this program has on Idaho and beyond!”
Amit Jain, associate professor of computer science and principal investigator for Boise State’s IDoCode project funded by a $1 million NSF Award, notes that training teachers to offer high-quality computer science instruction is critical as we work to expand access to computer science in Idaho schools. Through its partnership with the Idaho Technology Council and local industry, the IDoCode project has been instrumental in convincing the state legislature to support CS education in K-12.
“There has recently been a tremendous emphasis on K-12 computer science education, both nationally and in Idaho,” he said. “The IDoCode project at Boise State University has led the effort to create programs for high school teachers and currently has 40 teachers in the programs. This additional badge, in cooperation with the College of Innovation and Design, along with the replication of our programs will expand the scope of the programs to more teachers across the state.”
Jain said it will take a year of courses to earn the badge. Learn more about IDoCode at news.boisestate.edu/update.