Computer Science

Did you know that American students in 27 states are learning coding and robotics as a part of their public school curriculum? While many international schools teach ‘computers’ or ‘ICT’, most are not teaching Computer Science which includes computational thinking, computer programming and algorithms.

To make sure American students living aboard stay on par with peers back home, Twiga Tutors has launched a fun and exciting new course in Computer Science.

Technology is everywhere and learning to code will not only improve your child’s problem-solving skills, but will increase your child’s potential as a future job candidate!

The course is taught by certified American teachers who are trained to teach computer science to K-12 students. Twiga Tutors uses the code.org Computer Science curriculum, developed by Facebook, Google, Twitter and others for use in US Public Schools. The course is aligned to American CSTA K-12 Computer Science Education Standards.

Students work 1:1 with a certified American teacher and meet live, online each week during 12 weeks. The teacher provides live, online instruction and students complete a weekly assignment of approximately one hour. There are 12 lessons per course and can be completed in 3 months. Students have a total of 240 minutes of Live 1:1 online instruction with their certified American teacher. Each course also includes a robotics kit selected from the kits most commonly used in US Public Schools.

Reimbursements! Section 276.9a of the DSSR may be reimbursed up to the maximum of $4,100 per child, per year when the child’s school at post does not provide instruction in academic subjects generally offered by public schools in the United States. Computer Science is offered to the majority of American public school students (27 states, including Virginia and Maryland) while many international schools only teach computer literacy (see definitions below). If your school only offers ‘computers’ but not Computer Science, then it is worth looking into the DSSR reimbursement.

Annex I: The Difference Between Computers and Computer Science Courses

Computer literacy & Educational Technology Digital citizenship Information technology (IT or ICT) Computer Science
General use of computers and programs, e.g. performing an Internet search. X X
Using computer literacy in school subjects, e.g. using google docs to collaboratively create an essay online.   X X
Refers to the appropriate and responsible use of technology, e.g. choosing a password and keeping it secure. X X
Refers to industrial applications such as installing software, but not creating it. X X
The study of computers and algorithmic processes, computer hardware and software designs, computer applications, and the impact of computers on society. X
Includes computational thinking: solving problems in a way that can be implemented with a computer. X
Algorithms and Programming (coding), Computing Systems, Cybersecurity, Data and Analysis, Impacts of Computing, and Networks and the Internet. X
Concepts of abstraction, recursion, and iteration, to process and analyze data, and to create real and virtual artifacts. X
Meets all CSTA K-12 Computer Science Education Standards X
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