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Who Am I? Expressing Myself Through Digiforms

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Location: Room 348-9
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Explore and create : Creation lab

Audra Kaplan  
Melissa Zeitz  

Participants will have hands-on experience creating a digiform while supporting students on using their voice to express their identity. These personalized avatars made with Google Slides or PowerPoint slides will later be used to support programming animations on Scratch. Participants will walk a way with an engaging unit.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Google Slides or PowerPoint
A browser to access Scratch
Topic: Student agency, choice and voice
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Computer science, Language arts
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
Related exhibitors:
Microsoft Corporation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Our purpose is to share an engaging unit that is cross curricula while also teaching digital literacy and computer science skills. We will be doing this through the integration of ELA, and SEI. It's so important for students to feel visible in a world that has become digital. This unit would show participants how to support their students to be creative, identify with themselves, while also learning technology skills that they can apply in their daily life.
Participants will know and be able to use Digital Avatars as a way to support student identity and student voice.
Participants will know and be able to use some of the less known tools in PowerPoint and Google Slides.
Participants will know and be able to see the bridge from ELA and SEI, content to Computer Science while continuingly focusing on both areas throughout the entire project.


Introductions (5 minutes)
Overview and share exemplars (5 minutes)
Teach how to create an avatar using under utilized Google slides and PowerPoint tools. While, having interactive conversation to support the designing of their avatar. (30 minutes)
Introduce types of abstraction like pixels and hex code to establish skin tones and image types i.e. jpeg and png. (5 minutes)
Show them how to change their skin tones and save the image (10min)
Participants will see how we weaved ELA standards into the lesson. (5 min)
Participants will remix Scratch files and upload their avatar to create animations about the meaning of their name. (20 min)
Group discussion on ways that you could extend this project while also sharing ways we have extended the project (10 min)
Participants walk away with a bank of resources to create and integrate technology in meaningful ways while bringing in students' voice and identity.

Supporting research

Being the Change by Sara K Ahmed
Cultivating Genius by Gholdy Muhammad
UDL Frameworks
Culturally Responsive Sustaining Computer Science Framework
Guide to Inclusive Computer Science Education:

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Audra Kaplan, Ottoson Middle School

Audra Kaplan, a passionate educator enjoys sharing her love of technology, computer science, and MakerEd with anyone. She holds teaching certifications Connecticut & Massachusetts where she currently teaches middle school Digital Literacy and Computer Science courses. Outside of the classroom, Audra spends time doing volunteer work, She is the as the National CSK8 Rep for Computer Science Teachers Association, Co-President of the local CSTA Greater Boston Chapter, and Girl Scouts. In her work as the Co-President of the CSTA Greater Boston chapter Audra has co-organized two New England regional conferences including a remote conference in the fall of 2020.

Melissa Zeitz, Springfield Public School

Melissa Zeitz, PreK–8 Digital Literacy and Computer Science Teacher, has worked to support DLCS curricula in her school and across her district. Melissa is the technology and curriculum resource coordinator for the CSforALL Springfield NSF-funded grant which aims to write computer science curriculum to be integrated into the district’s academic curriculum. In these roles she has guided numerous teachers to different DLCS resources and curricula and advised the district in deciding what computer science resources may be beneficial for the elementary level. Melissa is the CSTA of Western Mass President and a MIEE Expert.

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