By: Kate Thomas In February 2018, I attended the SIGCSE (computer science education conference) in Baltimore, MD, to share a poster paper written by our qualitative team. The paper was entitled, “Using Cultural Responsiveness to Elicit Computational Thinking in Maker Activities.” As I browsed various presenter’s posters, I noticed in comparison to other youth oriented … More SIGCSE 2018
By C. Meghan Hausman Jacobson Our team has been busy coding all of the data from the past two summer academies. We are using Dedoose to code our data, including student interviews, observation notes, screen recordings, and videos from the summer academies. To start, we normed the group and chose codes to focus in on; … More Coding, Coding…and More Coding
By: Steve Bonomo What role do physics and computational thinking (CT) play in our everyday lives? In working on the ACTMA project, this is a question that has repeatedly come to the forefront of our team’s planning and activity creation process. But the answer can be very different depending on who you ask. Our … More Role of Physics and CT in Everyday Life
By: Xiaodan Tang We experience (and are now probably tired of) many exams when we go to school. Everyone usually faces this dilemma: we understand every word that our teachers said in class, and every concept in the textbook, but we still don’t know how to answer questions presented in the test. Sometimes we are struggling … More A Journey to the Assessment
By: Germania Solorzano At this point in our process, I’m struck by the importance of definitions, which is ironic since Computational Thinking doesn’t have one universally agreed upon definition. But in coding observations from last year’s summer program, a small team of us discussed the sometimes minute sometimes large differences in how we defined certain … More Defining CT is Hard.
After a short hiatus, and well deserved break, our teams are back at it! We have been observing educators, diligently working on our lesson plans, and developing culturally responsive resources. While we still have a lot of work to do, but we have come a very long way! To date we have completed the following: Lesson plans … More We’re back!
By: Kate Thomas There are many ways to read our pedagogical experiences within our learning community at ACTMA. I am often surprised by how the events we plan unfold or don’t unfold according to plan. We have reached a point as a learning community where we trust in each other and rely on each other … More 4.30.16-Assessment Consultant
Thinking back to this class, we had an schedule planned for the day. We were going to try out different projects, like using solenoids, making mini motors, and making speakers. The group was having a discussing on how the CT skills will work into all projects. We also were thinking discussing what are we trying … More 4.9.16-Student Consultant