One of the biggest things that I learned was the computer science is not the same thing as using tech tools in the classroom. Computer science deals more with the creative, problem-solving skills necessary for things like computer programming. It requires logic skills, and logical thinking, as well as creative problem-solving are two skills that I think every teacher should value, regardless of discipline.
As part of the CS4HS workshop, participants are required to create a computer science-related lesson or project as part of their curriculum for the upcoming school year. My hope is to work in partnership with the freshman math teacher at my school in order to create a cross-curricular assignment (that would earn students both math and English credit). I'm looking forward to collaborating with my colleague, and also to seeing in what ways students are challenged, and grow in meaningful ways, as a result of the incorporation of computer science in the curriculum.
Note: As part of what I like to refer to as "education workshop swag" (stuff we all get), every participant received a copy of Scratch Programming for Teens, which seems to contain a wealth of information. And while I'm slightly intimidated by its depth, I'm simultaneously excited to learn what Scratch has to offer.
Note: As a participant in the CS4HS workshop, I will be creating a computer science-related activity for use in my classroom, documenting the experience, and reporting my findings at a later date. At this time, the follow-up workshop is scheduled for November 3, 2011.