Mr. Todd Higley

Phone: 916-726-1400 ext. 6259

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Degrees and Certifications:

Master's of Art in Curriculum and Instruction Bachelor's of Science in Business Information Technology Education Bachelor's of Art in Management of Information Systems I currently hold three designated teaching credentials (CTE) in California, ICT (Information Communication Technology), AME (Art, Media, and Entertainment), and FAB (Finance and Business).
Fall 2020 Schedule: 1st Period: PLTW-Computer Science Essentials 2nd Period: AP Computer Science Principles 3rd Period: Prep 4th Period: PLTW-Computer Science Essentials Spring 2021 Schedule: 1st Period: Prep 2nd Period: AP Computer Science Principles 3rd Period: Computer Science Essentials 4th Period: PLTW-Cyber Security

Mr. Todd Higley

PLTW Computer Science Instructor

I am passionate about teaching in the fields of computer science and technology education. The future is written by those who have the skills required to succeed in a fast paced technology based world. For students to be on the cutting edge of the business world they must experience current technologies and use them to build the world of tomorrow. Students who complete my courses can expect to be informed about current markets and technology. I would enjoy sharing my passion with students in Placer County by serving in the position of AP Computer Science Instructor. I feel I would be an effective AP Computer Science instructor because I have been an instructor for almost nine years in the field of technology introducing students to the world of programming in JavaScript, python, action script, CSS, and HTML as well as visual design environments such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Premiere Pro, After Effects and InDesign. I have developed curriculum for courses such as: Website Design, Video Production, Arts Media and Entertainment, Computer Applications, Business Management and Ownership, and Arts Management. I would love to increase these skills by becoming AP certified and teaching AP Computer Science. I enjoy being a team player and participating in all aspects of the world of education. Feel free to follow Antelope Computer Science daily happenings at @antelopecs on Twitter.

PLTW Computer Science Pathway Courses:

Introductory Course - CSE Computer Science Essentials

With emphasis on computational thinking and collaboration, this year-long course provides an excellent entry point for students to begin or continue the PLTW Computer Science K-12 experience. Computer Science Essentials will expose students to a diverse set of computational thinking concepts, fundamentals, and tools, allowing them to gain understanding and build confidence. 

Intermediate Course - AP Computer Science Principles

Using Python® as a primary tool, students explore and become inspired by career paths that utilize computing, discover tools that foster creativity and collaboration, and use what they’ve learned to tackle challenges like app development and simulation. This course is endorsed by the College Board, giving students the opportunity to take the AP CSP exam for college credit.

Advanced or Capstone Course -  Cyber Security

Cybersecurity introduces the tools and concepts of cybersecurity and encourages students to create solutions that allow people to share computing resources while protecting privacy. Nationally, computational resources are vulnerable and frequently attacked; in Cybersecurity, students solve problems by understanding and closing these vulnerabilities. This course raises students’ knowledge of and commitment to ethical computing behavior. It also aims to develop students’ skills as consumers, friends, citizens, and employees who can effectively contribute to communities with a dependable cyber-infrastructure that moves and processes information safely.