Computing and Society for High School Educators- Shaping Powerful Digital Citizens – MA DLCS Series

This course is intended for educators interested in teaching computer science as well as those that are looking for ways to incorporate the Computing and Society standards in their own disciplines. Throughout the course, participants will learn about the three broad topics associated with the Computing and Society strand of the Digital Literacy & Computer Science (DLCS) standards: Safety & Security, Ethics & Laws, and Interpersonal & Societal Impact. Participants will learn about these strands via a combination of weekly readings and/or hands-on learning activities similar to those experienced by students in a high school technology course. Participants will engage in weekly reflections or assignments designed to best illustrate the Computing and Society standards. Discussion boards will also be used so that participants can share their thoughts about the standards and how they might look in their own classrooms. As a result of taking this course, participants will be better equipped to integrate these standards within their own teaching. 


Course Details

Audience 9-12 Classroom Teachers and Specialists
Level ALL
Instructors Steve Ouellette and Jim Looney 
Dates March 16, 2020 – April 16, 2020
Earn  15 PDPs (Option for 1 Credit TBD) 
Location Online
MassCUE Member Cost $150
Non-Member Cost $190
Limit 20 Participants
Prerequisites Basic computer and Internet skills
Graduate Credit (PENDING) At the first class, participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125.  

Steve Ouellette & Jim Looney

Steve Ouellette has been the Director of Technology, Learning, and Innovation for Westwood Public Schools since 2010. Before that, he held the position of Math Department Chair in the Walpole and Westwood school districts. Prior to entering the education field, Steve worked as an electrical engineer for Otis Elevator Corp. In his current role, Steve oversees a staff of 13 people with responsibilities that range from maintaining the district’s technology infrastructure to working with staff to leverage technology in meaningful ways to empower students to be the best learners possible. Accomplishments include the implementation of a coding special in the elementary grades, the development of Westwood’s Guiding Principles for Instructional Technology, the implementation of a grade 3 – 12 one-to-one Chromebook program, and a focus on comprehensive responsible use instruction for all students. Steve holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Master’s of Arts in Teaching, Mathematics from Boston University. This year Steve also earned his Certified Educational Technology Leader (CETL) certification from the Consortium of School Networking. 

Jim Looney has been teaching Intro to Computer Science and AP Computer Science A for five years at Westwood High School in Westwood, MA. He has an undergraduate degree in Earth & Planetary Science from Harvard University and is currently pursuing a master’s in computer science from Georgia Tech. He is a member of the Computer Science Teachers’ Association of Greater Boston and is licensed to teach Digital Literacy & Computer Science by the MA Department of Education. 


Weekly Outline:  

In this four week online workshop, participants will deep dive into the Computing and Society strand of the MA DLCS frameworks for grades 9-12.   

In this four week online course, participants will take a deep dive into the Computing and Society strand for the Massachusetts DLCS frameworks for grades 9 – 12. Using a combination of readings, structured activities, and discussion responses to a prompt(s), participants will learn about the standards according to the following weekly schedule:  

Week 1: Safety & Security  

Week 2: Ethics & Laws  

Weeks 3-4: Interpersonal & Societal Impact  

Project Description: Those educators wishing to receive one credit from WSU will be creating a comprehensive portfolio of lesson plans in the area of computing and society.

This course supports the following Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science standards:  

Grades 9 – 12Computing and Society (CAS) 

Safety and Security [9-12.CAS.a]  

  1. Evaluate and design an ergonomic work environment. 
  2. Explain safe practices when collaborating online, including how to anticipate potentially dangerous situations. 
  3. Construct strategies to combat cyberbullying/harassment. 
  4. Identify the mental health consequences of cyberbullying/harassment. 
  5. Explain how peer pressure in social computing settings influences choices. 
  6. Apply strategies for managing negative peer pressure and encouraging positive peer pressure. 

Ethics and Laws [9-12.CAS.b]  

  1. Model mastery of the school’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). 
  2. Identify computer-related laws and analyze their impact on digital privacy, security, intellectual property, network access, contracts, and consequences of sexting and harassment. 
  3. Discuss the legal and ethical implications associated with malicious hacking and software piracy. 
  4. Interpret software license agreements and application permissions. 

 Interpersonal and Societal Impact [9-12.CAS.c]  

  1. Explain the impact of the digital divide on access to critical information. 
  2. Discuss the impact of computing technology on business and commerce (e.g., automated tracking of goods, automated financial transaction, e-commerce, cloud computing). 
  3. Describe the role that assistive technology can play in people’s lives. 
  4. Create a digital artifact that is designed to be accessible (e.g., closed captioning for audio, alternative text for images). 
  5. Analyze the beneficial and harmful effects of computing innovations (e.g., social networking, delivery of news and other public media, intercultural communication). 
  6. Cultivate a positive web presence (e.g., digital resume, portfolio, social media). 
  7. Identify ways to use technology to support lifelong learning. 
  8. Analyze the impact of values and points of view that are presented in media messages (e.g., racial, gender, political). 
  9. Discuss the social and economic implications associated with malicious hacking, software piracy, and cyber terrorism.

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Computing and Society for High School Educators – Shaping Powerful Digital Citizens – MA DLCS Series
March 16, 2020 – April 16, 2020
(4 online weekly sessions) 

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