The UTeach CS Principles curriculum requires no additional materials costs, which makes it flexible and easily accessible for a wide variety of districts, schools, teachers, and students. Recommendations regarding hardware and software are outlined below.
UTeach CS Principles includes many collaborative, “unplugged” activities, making the curriculum more accessible for classrooms with technological limitations.
- Accessible on any device: The UTeach curriculum is hosted online on Codio, a cloud-based platform accessible on any modern browser
- Easy LMS integration: LTI integration streamlines account creation, single sign-on, and grade passthrough to other learning management systems including Canvas, Schoology, Blackboard, Moodle, and more (Codio is developing integration with Google Classroom, expected summer 2021)
- Adaptations available for classrooms with limited computers or wifi: Student readings can be downloaded for offline access if classrooms have limited access to computers and/or wifi
Codio is FERPA compliant, GDPR compliant, and is at Level 2AA level of compliance for accessibility according to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
UTeach CSP uses the Scratch and Python programming languages, which are both embedded within the Codio platform and available on any modern web browser with no downloads required. Students are able to program with these languages on any computer (including Chromebooks), tablets, or smartphones (smartphones are not recommended for optimal viewing).
- Scratch (block-based coding): Scratch’s visually-driven, drag-and-drop interface provides students with a “low floor, high ceiling” introduction to programming. Students will create Scratch programs through an integrated development environment (IDE) embedded in Codio's platform, without needing to create separate Scratch accounts.
- Python (text-based coding): Students transition to programming in Python in the fourth unit of the course. Python is easy for teachers and students to learn, while also being well-suited for the Create Task and more widely established as an industry-standard language. Students will program in Python through the integrated development environment (IDE) within Codio's platform.