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22 minutes | Nov 29, 2021
A Revaluation of Computational Thinking in K–12 Education: Moving Toward Computational Literacies
In this episode I unpack Kafai and Proctor’s (2021) publication titled “A revaluation of computational thinking in K–12 education: Moving toward computational literacies,” which summarizes three key framings of computational thinking and proposes computational literacies in place of computational thinking.Click here for this episode’s show notes.
41 minutes | Nov 22, 2021
Helping New-to-CS Educators with Ashley Waring
In this interview with Ashley Waring, we discuss Ashley’s experiences with integrating CS in the classroom, lessons learned providing professional development for new-to-CS educators, what Ashley learned helping write Alabama’s CS standards and providing support after the rollout, language and oppression in standards development, why focusing on a college degree as an end goal might not be as important as focusing on lifelong learning, and more.Click here for this episode’s show notes.
33 minutes | Nov 15, 2021
2021 State of Computer Science Education: Accelerating Action Through Advocacy
In this episode I unpack the report titled “2021 state of computer science education: accelerating action through advocacy,” which is an annual report on the state of K-12 CS in the United States that was authored by The Code.org Advocacy Coalition, Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), and the Expanding Computing Education Pathways Alliance (ECEP).Click here for this episode’s show notes.
62 minutes | Nov 8, 2021
Unpacking Various Entry Points into Innovative Teaching with Jorge Valenzuela
In this interview with Jorge Valenzuela, we discuss the importance of engineering in STEM, situating computational thinking within a problem, getting started with computational thinking and computer science, project-based learning, incorporating social and emotional learning (SEL) in the classroom, Jorge’s approach to professional development, and much more.Click here for this episode’s show notes.
25 minutes | Nov 1, 2021
Preparing School Leaders to Advance Equity in Computer Science Education
In this episode I unpack Flapan et al.’s (2021) publication titled “Preparing school leaders to advance equity in computer science education,” which provides some suggestions and resources for preparing administrators for advancing equity work in K-12 CS education.Click here for this episode’s show notes.
62 minutes | Oct 25, 2021
Lifelong Kindergarten with Mitch Resnick
In this interview with Mitch Resnick, we discuss misconceptions people have around the four P’s (Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play) in Mitch’s book, encouraging depth of understanding while playing, what has surprised Mitch during his career, encouraging online communication and collaboration without creating artificial engagement, what Mitch wishes we’d see more of and discuss in CS education, our pet peeves with unplugged activities and computational thinking, accounting for survivorship bias with Scratch, expanding our focus on equity and inclusion to include both the “who” and the “how,” the importance of experimenting and learning through play, and much more.Click here for this episode’s show notes.
27 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
Culturally Responsive School Leadership: A Synthesis of Literature
In this episode I unpack Khalifa, Gooden, and Davis’ (2016) publication titled “Culturally responsive school leadership: A synthesis of the literature,” which summarizes and synthesizes literature on culturally responsive school leadership as it relates to principals in urban schools.Click here for this episode’s show notes.
71 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Unpacking Systems for CSforALL with Leigh Ann DeLyser
In this interview with Leigh Ann DeLyser, we discuss the purpose of CSforALL, considerations for leading people with different visions for (or interests in) CS education, the evolution and future direction of CS education, positive and negative corporate influence on education, thinking through equity from a systems perspective, and much more.Click here for this episode’s show notes.
15 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
Stitching the Loop with Electronic Textiles
In this episode I unpack Kafai et al.’s (2019) publication titled “Stitching the loop with electronic textiles: Promoting equity in high school students’ competencies and perceptions of computer science,” which explores the impact of an electronic textiles unit on high school students’ understandings of computer science.Click here for this episode’s show notes.
47 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Incorporating Design Thinking Within “Genius Hour” with Laura Discenza
In this interview with Laura Discenza, we discuss advice for getting started with learning how to teach CS, speaking with arts educators about the intersections of the arts and CS, regularly incorporating the “20% free learning/creating time” into the school day through a “genius hour,” avoiding overly scaffolding learning in the classroom, the importance of having fun with CS in elementary school, and much more.Click here for this episode’s show notes.
21 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Culturally Responsive Debugging: a Method to Support Cultural Experts’ Early Engagement with Code
In this episode I unpack Lachney et al.’s (2021) publication titled “culturally responsive debugging: a method to support cultural experts’ early engagement with code,” which explores a strategy for situating debugging within professional expertise among participants within an introductory programming workshop for adults.Click here for this episode’s show notes.
64 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
Recommendations for Preventing Burnout in Education (Part 2)
Building off the previous episode on depression, suicide, and CS education, this episode is a supercut of guests responding to how they take care of themselves and stave off burnout. If you have not done so yet, I highly recommend listening to last year’s supercut on the same topic, but with different guests.Click here for this episode’s show notes.
46 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
Depression, Suicide, and Computer Science Education (Replay)
Note: If you or anyone you know are experiencing signs of depression or suicidal ideation, please reach out to local healthcare professionals or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255In honor of national suicide prevention week, in this week’s episode replay I read a paper I wrote on the topic of depression, suicide, and computer science education. This paper is formatted into the following sections: 1) A vignette on my own experiences coping with depression and suicide; 2) Statistics on depression and suicide as it relates to various populations computer science educators work with; 3) A vignette of a computer science educator helping a student through depression and suicidal thoughts; 4) Risk factors and warning signs; 5) Suggestions for providing support; 6) A vignette from a computer science educator's perspective on a student who committed suicide; and 7) Closing thoughts.Click here for this episode’s show notes.Learn more about National Suicide Prevention Month/Week/Day.
29 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
Re-examining Inequalities in Computer Science Participation from a Bourdieusian Sociological Perspective
In this episode I unpack Kallia and Cutts’ (2021) publication titled “Re-examining inequalities in computer science participation from a Bourdieusian sociological perspective,” which uses Bourdieu’s discussions of capital, habitus, and field to analyze 147 publications on CS interventions.Click here for this episode’s show notes.
12 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
Computing Educational Activities Involving People Rather Than Things Appeal More to Women (Recruitment Perspective)
In this episode I unpack Christensen et al.’s (2021) publication titled “Computing educational activities involving people rather than things appeal more to women (recruitment perspective),” which investigated the preferences of high school males and females for computing educational activities with people or things.Click here for this episode’s show notes.
15 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
Empowering K–12 Students with Disabilities to Learn Computational Thinking and Computer Programming
In this episode I unpack Israel et al.’s (2015) publication titled “Empowering K–12 students with disabilities to learn computational thinking and computer programming,” which is a short article that provides some strategies to increase access and engagement among students with disabilities in CS education contexts.Click here for this episode’s show notes.
62 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
Exploring (Dis)Ability and Connecting with the Arts with Jesse Rathgeber
In this interview with Jesse Rathgeber, we discuss what educators should know about (dis)ability culture and research, person-first language vs identity-first language, suggestions for combating ableism through anti-ableist practices, how the arts and CS can come together and learn from each other (great for sharing with arts educators who might be interested in CS), and much more.Click here for this episode’s show notes.
14 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
The Effects of Providing Starter Projects in Open-ended Scratch Activities
In this episode I unpack Coenraad et al.’s (2021) publication titled “The effects of providing starter projects in open-ended Scratch activities,” which compares two groups of students to determine the impact of Scratch starter projects on student creativity.Click here for this episode’s show notes.
20 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Abolitionist Computer Science Teaching: Moving from Access to Justice
In this episode I unpack Ivey et al.’s (2021) publication titled “Abolitionist computer science teaching: Moving from access to justice,” which argues that the field of CS education can use abolitionist pedagogical practices to move from focusing on access to focusing on the full humanity of students.Click here for this episode’s show notes.
44 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Lessons Learned from (In)Formal CS Education with Grant Smith
In this interview with Grant Smith, we discuss the importance of continuing to learn from other educators, what informal and formal learning spaces can learn from each other, how COVID has impacted Grant’s teaching philosophy, our preferences for in-person or virtual professional development and classroom instruction, lessons learned from entrepreneurial adventures in CS education, learning by jumping in and trying new things, heuristic-based learning, and so much more.Click here for this episode’s show notes.
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