[Listen and learn : Snapshot]
Digital tote resources
Purpose & objective
The purpose of the Snapshot session is to introduce participants to an innovative method of engaging Spanish-speaking students in programming activities, so that we can expose and engage more Hispanic students to computer science, which ultimately may lead to a greater diversity in the computer science work force.
Objectives of the session are for participants to 1) become aware of the availability of a computational thinking tool available in Spanish (AgentCubes Online and AgentCubes downloadable), with Spanish teaching support materials; 2) understand that infrastructure and language barrier challenges were encountered and how we overcame those challenges – and how the strategies would apply in US schools, 3) instructional strategies used to teach computing to non-English speakers, 4) through direct experience (walking the participants through the programming activity in a non-English language), develop understanding and empathy for students who are ELL, and 5) global collaboration for this project is where the world is moving, that the work we each do in the classroom can positively impact those living far away, and 6) teachers can make the biggest difference for ELL students joining the computer science discipline, but it also takes visionary leadership in schools and districts.
Content will directly address the objectives mentioned previously. Average of 5 minutes maximum for each objective, with more time on the direct-experience segment. Presentation process will blend didactic talk with slides, demonstration of software, direct-experience activity where participants will help with programming.
We developed a Spanish (translatable to English) website for the Mexico project; https://sites.google.com/site/scalablegamedesignmx/. This Facebook site shows the Scalable Game Design Mexico site:
Scalable Game Design project is the largest middle grades (5 to 9) computer science education research project funded by the National Science Foundation: Scalable Game