User Centered App Development Workshop


A joint HCDE and CSE inservice day workshop for middle and high school computer science teachers.

October 12, 2018
7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science And Engineering
Gates Commons, room 691

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Teachers in the state of Washington all get the second Friday of October as a teacher inservice day. Computer science teachers are often the only person in a school or district, so finding content-specific professional development (PD) or Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) at the school can be a challenge.

The University of Washington's Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE), the Paul G. Allen School for Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), and the Puget Sound Computer Science Teachers’ Association (PSCTA) are joining forces to provide CS-specific professional development for the October inservice day. This workshop is designed to instruct teachers on how to build an end-to-end project experience that incorporates user-centered design skills.

Teachers will learn how to design and implement an app of their own choosing through a series of exercises and activities that include brainstorming, rapid prototyping, testing and critiquing. The information given will include a blueprint for a three-week project (good for a post-AP time frame), although this would be applicable for any level of CS —even in the middle school arena. Teachers will also be given time at the end of the day to think and discuss how they plan to implement what they’ve learned from the workshop.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Six clock hours will be sponsored by the PSCSTA for those who request them.

Registration is limited, so RSVP early, and please plan on attending if you do RSVP.


7:30 – 8 a.m. Continental breakfast
8 – 8:30 a.m. Introduction
8:30 – 10 a.m. User-Centered Design Charette
10 – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 – 11 a.m. App prototyping: Low fidelity prototyping with note cards
11 a.m. – Noon Introduction to app development
Noon – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 – 2:15 p.m. App development
2:15 – 2:30 p.m. Sharing and critique of apps
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Time to process brainstorm and share implementation ideas
3:45 – 4 p.m. Final remarks
4 p.m. Workshop concludes


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Event sponsors

Human Centered Design & Engineering
Paul G Allen School for Computer Science and Engineering
Puget Sound Computer Science Teachers’ Association