Incorporate the Computer Science Principles seven big ideas explicitly with every topic covered throughout the course, especially when having class discussions so students can clearly see course goals.

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  • Post the College Board’s 7 Big Ideas, listed below, prominently in the classroom.
    • 1. Creativity
    • 2. Abstraction
    • 3. Data and Information
    • 4. Algorithms
    • 5. Programming
    • 6. The Internet
    • 7. Global Impact
  • When you introduce a topic, point out which of the 7 Big Ideas it relates to.
  • As the course progresses, ask students to determine which of the seven big ideas a topic relates to.
    • Have them explain how it relates and see if they can connect a topic with more than one big idea.
    • This can be a great tool for in-class discussions.