Everybody Wins When Everybody Codes

Location: Room 217BC

Listen and learn

[Listen and learn : Lecture]

Monday, June 26, 9:00–10:00 am
Location: Room 217BC

Jane Krauss   Sylvia Martinez  
Coding for all? Sounds great! Now let’s figure out how. Learn how quality curricula, inclusive pedagogies and intentional support can lead to significant learning for all kids, including girls and underrepresented groups. Leave with a model pathway you can further develop for the grade band you teach.

Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: PC, Chromebook, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: unlikely
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Constructivist learning/maker movement
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Computer science
ISTE Standards: Teachers : Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments
Students : Computational thinker
Students : Knowledge constructor
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation, Session recorded for video-on-demand, Session will be simulcast live

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Schools around the world are hearing from government, higher education, business leaders and parents that computer science is an essential 21st century capability, not just for people whose job title is programmer, but for every job. At best, only one in four high schools offers CS. In schools with computing this is often a single class, or maybe just a club, which means limited access for traditionally underrepresented groups including girls and students of color. This lack of diversity continues into college and industry.
Even if schools find the time and space for computing and making, without careful planning, these efforts might devolve into just another (expensive) flavor of the week, or remain a narrow window of opportunity for those students who are traditionally attracted to computer courses or who have the privilege of early preparation. Everyone benefits from the diversity of thought that comes with race, gender and life experience, so we really do need CS for All!
In this session, two experts in the fields of STEM and project-based learning explore how to teach programming and computer science for all students in a way that is relevant, accessible, and inclusive.
--Get an overview of CS for All, a national effort to increase student access to quality computer science education. Learn how it encompasses “making” too!
--Imagine how we all benefit when more--and more kinds of--people get involved in computing and contribute to the invention of technology products and services we all use.
--Find out where you fit in the CS ecosystem--whether you teach elementary, middle or high school, there are opportunities for you to prepare.
--Understand how pathways through computer science integrate with existing STEM courses.
--Learn about the proliferation of new courses such as Exploring Computer Science, Computer Science Principles and Bootstrap. Learn how you can become ready to teach quality curricula in which the interests and learning needs of diverse student populations are “baked in.”
--”If you build it, they will come,” may work in The Field of Dreams, but in reality some students, inhibited by cultural norms and self-perceptions, may think computing is meant for others, not them. Learn tips for helping everyone feel welcome in CS classes and makerspaces.


5 min – Intro to computer science, programming, and coding in the K-12 classroom. Learn how schools are joining the movement called CS for All.
5 min – Best practices, quality curriculum, and resources
10 min – Practical elementary, middle school, and high school pathways for Computer Science for All, including "unplugged" activities.
15 min – Examples and best practices in computing and making from schools around the world
10 min - Inclusion and access: What are schools that value equity doing that you can emulate? And...meet a latina girl who is giving back through peer-to-peer teaching.
10 min – Conversation, questions and closing

Supporting research

NCWIT Girls in IT: The Facts describes the landscape of computing education and careers and identifies the challenges and best practices related to participation by girls and women in computing. https://www.ncwit.org/resources/girls-it-facts.

Computer Science for All is a national initiative to increase meaningful participation in computing through teacher training, quality curriculum design, inclusive pedagogy and counselor engagement. https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/01/30/computer-science-all

Qualify Your Quantifiers...Or, Exactly Who All Is CS4? http://cacm.acm.org/blogs/blog-cacm/200936-qualify-your-quantifiers-or-exactly-who-all-is-cs4/fulltext

Still No African-Americans Taking the AP Computer Science Exam in Nine States: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2015/11/no_african-american_students_2015_AP_computer_science_exam_nine_states.html

Santa Barbara High School Students Lead Girls-Only Computer Science Camp (sponsored by NCWIT)

AspireIT is a for-us-by-us computing camp experience presented by by young women for their peers or younger girls. https://www.ncwit.org/project/aspireit-k-12-outreach-program

College Board: Computer Science Principles: https://advancesinap.collegeboard.org/stem/computer-science-principles

Exploring Computer Science Resources and Statistics: http://www.exploringcs.org/resources/cs-statistics

Bootstrap World: Teaching Algebra through CS: http://www.bootstrapworld.org



Jane Krauss, Consultant

Sylvia Martinez, Invent To Learn

learning starts here

San Antonio

June 25-28, 2017

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