Computer Science

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The Wyoming Computer Science Standards have been finalized, and can be found here.

Boot Up Wyoming 2022 is an initiative to implement computer science in all Wyoming schools. During the 2018 Budget Session, the Wyoming Legislature passed Senate Enrolled Act 0048, which adds computer science and computational thinking to the state educational program. Click here for more information on the statutory changes and click here for more information on the development of computer science standards.

As part of the new legislation, the WDE needed to complete a cost analysis. The 2018 Computer Science Report provides background information and a cost analysis for districts to implement computer science in their districts.

For questions about computer science, please contact Robin Grandpre at robin.grandpre1@wyo.gov or 307-777-5315.

Computer Science Definitions

  • Computer Literacy:  Level of familiarity with hardware, software, and internet concepts that allow one to use a computer and its programs. Examples include performing an internet search, creating a digital presentation, and communicating electronically.
  • Educational Technology: The study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources. Educational technology is the process of integrating technology into education in a way that promotes a more diverse learning environment and a way for students to learn how to use technology as well as their common assignments.
  • Digital Citizenship: Refers to the continuously developing normalities of appropriate, responsible, and empowered use of technology such as choosing an appropriate password and keeping it secure.
  • Computer Science: Computer Science is the study of computing principles, design, and applications (hardware & software); the creation, access, and use of information through algorithms and problem solving, and the impact of computing on society.
  • Computational Thinking: A way of solving problems, designing systems, and understanding human behavior that draws on concepts fundamental to computer science. Defining characteristics of computational thinking include comprehension of algorithms as well as decomposition, pattern recognition, and data representation.
  • Keyboarding: The skill of proficient and accurate digital input by means of a keyboard. This includes understanding the keyboard layout and its function.
  • Computing Education: The study of computer science or related activities. Includes the act of scripting, coding, web development, or computer programming. Does NOT include uses of computer technology to solve problems (i.e. multimedia development, desktop publishing, etc.)

Print the CS Definitions here.


PTSB Pathways to Computer Science

The Professional Teaching Standards Board has several pathways that can lead to computer science certifications. Click here for an informational flyer. You can also see a flow chart for allowable certification and credits here.
For more information, contact PTSB by visiting them at http://ptsb.state.wy.us/ or calling 307-777-7291.

Computer Science Webinars

The Wyoming Department of Education is pleased to announce that a series of informational webinars geared towards the creation and development of computer science programs throughout Wyoming.

If you missed any of the webinars, please contact Robin Grandpre at robin.grandpre1@wyo.gov to get the recording.


Computer Science Education Task Force

Mission: To provide recommendations, guidance, and best practices focused on developing a robust, aligned computer science education system which will prepare students for future success and the ability to make a difference in a global economy

For more information about the Task Force please click here.

Resources

The following are optional resources that districts can choose utilize.

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General Computer Science Resources