Keynote @WiPSCE

In a keynote talk given at the The 12th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education (WiPSCE) in Nijmegen (The Netherlands), I discussed how teachers from varied teaching background and computing experiences engage with online professional development materials. I used data from our online just-in-time professional development project (PD4CS), which is designed to support…

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Training the next generation of computationally literate teachers

The increased push to expand computing into K-12 schools in the United States requires us to train thousand s of new teachers to not only understand computing ideas, but also how to teach their students how to think computationally. However, there are few teacher education programs that focus on developing preservice teachers’ understanding of computational…

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NSF supports project to support first-generation engineering students’ design thinking

My colleague Ashlie Martini and I have received funding from National Science Foundation to use case studies to introduce design thinking to first-generation and underrepresented students to help them transition from classroom and lab-based learning to engineering capstone design and ultimately to their careers in engineering fields. Through this project, we will (a) develop…

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