Teaching 8th graders using App Inventor through Project Lead the Way's ICS 1 curriculum.
I am interested in moving the students towards a deeper understanding of the power of CS to improve people lives. We are a high poverty school and I think it would be good for our program for students to make things that were useful to their classmates and community. PLTW has a basic framework for this that involves asking friends and family about needs and then designing based on these user stories. This past year, however, I ended up with 6 different apps that fart when you tap a picture (not completely accurate, but basically).
Any suggestions for developing a sense of responsibility and more interesting, powerful student designed projects?