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To expand our reach helping teachers develop computational literacies — from coding to physical computing and data crunching — we have begun partnering with organizations that provide high quality K-12 curriculum in Computer Science (CS) fields.
Teachers can learn curriculum designed in a partnership between the Computer Science Teachers’ Association (CSTA) and Zulama by EMC School, and earn a graduate credit through St.Kate’s. The course is aligned with student curriculum, and could be taken as part of a more in-depth dive into CS education with additional courses offered online at St.Kate’s.
Together, we can better help students get the knowledge and skills they need to be citizens and creators in this new economy.
Many thanks to the team at Zulama and CSTA for creating this partnership for the greater good!
Contact Dr. Anderson to learn more about how you or your organization can join in this expanding network of organizations committed to building the common good and sharing the power of computational literacies with all.
Given the reality of almost free and virtually instant connections between any two persons with access to the World Wide Web–and a shared understanding of how to “connect”– teachers can also organize student’s moving forward in their learning as a collaborative effort.
Considering the multiple possibilities for interaction can be overwhelming — but teachers, parents, and students are encouraged to brainstorm opportunities to make meaningful connections both during and outside of class and just begin somewhere! Doing one thing well is much more effective than understanding a hundred things and doing nothing!
Some examples that have worked in my experience:
- College students can mentor middle school students
- Grandparents can encourage and provide constructive feedback to elementary aged children
- Experts on any topic can visit a classroom learning about that subject via Google Hangout or Skype
- Parents can tap into what is actually happening in their children’s learning environments to prompt broader conversations around the dinner table, encourage students to recall and rehearse new learning, and foster personal connections to the learning.
For those new to the opportunities of online connection, there may be some useful resources in this TIES Presentation on School to Parent Communication by Dr. Roxanne Pickle and myself. There is a special emphasis in materials here on meeting the needs of exceptional students as well.
What do you do or plan to do in the future?
We’ve enjoyed working with experienced 1:1 Teachers and Tech Integration Specialists this summer from near and far as we polish the curriculum for our new online class on best practices in 1:1 Content Creation and Pedagogy. The themes are surprisingly universal from around the region, and the outcome of transformative practices after two or three years of implementation is the exciting ending about which we continue to hear.
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