About the Project

The new Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles (CSP) course and exam launches in 2016-17. The CSP framework organizes foundational knowledge about computer science around seven “Big Ideas”. This organization expands the scope of expectations for high-school computer science beyond programming to the context, goals, uses, and implications of computer technology in the world — most broadly in Big Idea 7, “Global Impact”. Many high school teachers are excited to see this “missing piece” added to computer science education — but exactly because it’s innovative, it can be difficult to know how to teach it!

Not teaching AP CSP?

This site is still for you! The real-world impact of computing — on society and on their own lives — is a great hook that stimulates students’ lasting interest in computer science. In particular, contextualizing traditional CS content by asking students to think critically about impact helps to broaden participation in CS by young women and underrepresented minorities. And students who go on to careers in technology will benefit from an early grounding in the social and ethical implications of their work.

Teach Global Impact is a collaborative effort

Leading computer science educators have been developing materials for CSP. Our goal is to create a unified resource for teaching the global impact of computing:

  • Leveraging seven excellent CSP curricula, most endorsed by the College Board.
  • Providing solid guidance and strategies for bringing social impact into computer science.
  • Sharing creative classroom-ready materials, from individual curricula or created for Teach Global Impact.

Teach Global Impact Contributors

The Beauty and Joy of Computing

BJC logoBased at University of California, Berkeley, BJC was one of the Computer Science Principles pilot courses. It uses the Snap! programming language and is structured around the dual themes of programming and social impact.

Represented by Dan Garcia, Senior Lecturer SOE at UC Berkeley

Computing in Secondary Schools

CS ED Ohio logo (for CISS)Computing in Secondary Schools (CISS) is a project at Cleveland State University to provide professional development to AP CSP teachers throughout Ohio. Materials are largely based on a CSP pilot at UC San Diego using the Alice programming language.

Represented by Nigamanth Sridhar, Professor at Cleveland State University

Code.org CSP

Code.org logoThe non-profit Code.org offers a variety of programs and resources for CS teachers and independent learners, with the goal of increasing diversity in computer science. Their AP CSP curriculum is offered through Code Studio.

Represented by Baker Franke, Education Program Manager at Code.org

CS Matters

CS Matters logoCS Matters aims to increase the quality and availability of computer science education in Maryland and DC high schools. Efforts center around a Python-based, data-focused curriculum for CS Principles.

Represented by John Winder, PhD Student at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Marie desJardins, Professor at UMBC


CSP CS4HS logoCSP4HS is a professional development effort to bring AP CSP to high schools across Alabama (growing out of CS4Alabama). It is based on a CS Principles pilot at University of Alabama, and emphasizes training in engagement strategies like cooperative learning.

Represented by Jonathan Corley, Assistant Professor at University of West Georgia, and Jeff Gray, Professor at University of Alabama
With assistance from University of West Georgia students Anna Clark, Tyler Daniell, Michael Morguarge, and Nnamdi Onwumere

Mobile CSP

Mobile CSP logoMobile CSP builds a CS Principles curriculum around mobile computing. Students use the App Inventor programming language to build socially useful mobile apps, while also improving research and writing skills.

Represented by Jennifer Rosato, Assistant Professor at College of St. Scholastica, and Ralph Morelli, Professor at Trinity College

UTeach CS Principles

UTeach CS Principles logoUTeach CS Principles is a project-based curriculum developed by UTeach CS at the University of Texas, Austin. UTeach CS focuses on improving CS teacher preparation and certification pathways, through a national working group and the UTeach curriculum for STEM teacher preparation.

Represented by Bradley Beth, Curriculum Specialist at UTeach CS (UT Austin), and Alicia Beth, Manager at UTeach CS

Additional Collaborators

International Computer Science Institute (Coordinators)

ICSI logoTeach Global Impact is coordinated at ICSI, by a team that also developed the Teaching Privacy content used in some of the AP CSP curricula.

Represented by Julia Bernd, Staff Researcher at ICSI, and Gerald Friedland, Adjunct Lecturer at UC Berkeley

Alabama Public Television

Alabama Public Television logoAlabama Public Television is committed to enriching the lives of Alabama citizens by (among other things) providing essential educational services through digital streaming.

Represented by Heather Daniels, Producer, and Cindy F. Kirk, VP of Educational Services

ReAct Learning

ReAct Learning logoReAct Learning promotes better learning and assessment through adaptive role playing games and simulations for the classroom.

Represented by Dan Streicher, CEO

NSF logoThis unified resource and the creation of new Teach Global Impact materials are supported by the National Science Foundation, under a grant to ICSI for “SInRGI: A Shared, Integrated Resource for ‘Global Impact’” (#1637601). Many of the independent resources we index on this site were also created by NSF-sponsored projects, under the STEM+C and CE21 funding programs. (Any opinions, findings, or conclusions expressed on this website are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the funders.)

Licenses: Most content on this website is licensed by the International Computer Science Institute under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 license (CC BY-NC-SA). Exception: Individual image licenses may be found on each page. Note that linked materials on contributors’ websites may have different licenses.

Banner Image:Network Visualization – Lavender and Lichen“, derivative work by ICSI. New license: CC BY-SA 4.0. Based on “Social Network Analysis Visualization” by Martin Grandjean. Original license: CC BY-SA 3.0.

Logo Images: See individual curricula for information about licensing of logo images.