computational thinking

Two years ago, Kenwood Elementary elementary in Champaign, IL teamed up several Colleges at the University of Illinois and the local social think tank, CTRL-Shift.  At the basis of this collaboration is the idea that teaching all students the skills of computational thinking is an exercise in social justice and community empowerment in line with our school’s technology vision statement: Through...
A group of disparate individuals, engaged in passionate discussion, sit leaning in, elbow to elbow, in a darkened bar with drinks in hand.  Many a revolution has started with that same picture right? CTRL-Shift (http://ctrlshift.mste.illinois.edu/), for me and for many others, has been just that: A revolution.  Begun by a group of local entrepreneurs and University professors, this social think...
Codecraft Lab, a 501(c)3 public charity in Brevard County, FL, began working this school year with local public schools to create after-school clubs that teach students how to create with computer coding while focusing on student expression and creativity. Codecraft Lab currently works with three schools to offer 118 students in grades three through six the opportunity to learn to code using...
As I reflected on my first experience with the Scratch poetry project in my classroom, I realized that there was more going on than just writing poetry or my students and I getting to know each other. I wanted to know what other benefits I could provide to my students by using Scratch in my classroom. I went back to the source and approached the TCNJ professors who had created the summer camp...
I walked into a computer lab at The College of New Jersey with cynical thoughts about whether or not the journalism summer camp project that three professors—Ursula Wolz, Kim Pearson, and Monisha Pulimood—had created would work. What I saw in that room changed my life as a teacher and is a memory I draw on even now in times of doubt. Spread throughout the room before me were my eighth grade...