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January 11, 2018


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Announcement
2018 STEM for All Video Showcase: Presenter Registration Now Open!
Do you have an MSP, or STEM+C project to share? Make sure you register to be a presenter in this year’s STEM for All Video Showcase.
Presenter Registration will end on February 15th, or earlier, if the showcase receives more than 250 registrations. Don’t miss out!  

The interactive, online Video Showcase will take place May 14th – 21st 2018. During this weeklong event, approximately 200 innovative STEM Educational projects, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other Federal agencies, will be featured. Presenters will share their 3-minute video and discuss it with researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and the public at large.

Upcoming MSPnet Academy Webinar
RSVP Now! MSPnet Academy Webinar: Computational Thinking from a Disciplinary Perspective
Date: January 16, 2018 at 2:00 PM (Eastern)
Presenter: Joyce Malyn-Smith, Irene Lee
To learn more about the NSF funded project being presented, view the video below.

Title: Computer Science, STEM Integration and Teacher Collaboration

Presenter(s): Joyce Malyn-Smith and Anne DeMallie

New in Library
1. "Computational Thinking: A Competency Whose Time Has Come," Shuchi Grover, Roy Pea, Computer Science Education: Perspectives on teaching and learnin, 2018.
2. "Computational Thinking as an Emerging Competence Domain," Aman Yadav, Jon Good, Joke Voogt, Petra Fisser, Competence-based Vocational and Professional Education, 2017.
3. "Computational Thinking for All: Pedagogical Approaches to Embedding 21st Century Problem Solving in K-12 Classrooms," Aman Yadav, Hai Hong, Chris Stephenson, TechTrends, 2016.

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Announcement
2018 STEM for All Video Showcase: Presenter Registration Now Open!
Do you have an MSP, or STEM+C project to share? Make sure you register to be a presenter in this year’s STEM for All Video Showcase.
Presenter Registration will end on February 15th, or earlier, if the showcase receives more than 250 registrations. Don’t miss out!  

The interactive, online Video Showcase will take place May 14th – 21st 2018. During this weeklong event, approximately 200 innovative STEM Educational projects, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other Federal agencies, will be featured. Presenters will share their 3-minute video and discuss it with researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and the public at large.

For more information: http://stemforall2018.videohall.com


Upcoming MSPnet Academy Webinar
RSVP Now! MSPnet Academy Webinar: Computational Thinking from a Disciplinary Perspective
Date: January 16, 2018 at 2:00 PM (Eastern)
Presenter: Joyce Malyn-Smith, Irene Lee

Description:
What does computational thinking look like from a disciplinary perspective? What tasks are computational thinking-enabled students of science engaged in when thinking computationally? How does this connect with activities and expectations of computational scientists? This webinar shares a new framework for exploring computational thinking from a disciplinary perspective and some of the implementation strategies used by disciplinary teachers to engage students in CT.

To learn more about the NSF funded project being presented, view the video below.

Title: Computer Science, STEM Integration and Teacher Collaboration

Presenter(s): Joyce Malyn-Smith and Anne DeMallie


New in Library
1. "Computational Thinking: A Competency Whose Time Has Come," Shuchi Grover, Roy Pea, Computer Science Education: Perspectives on teaching and learnin, 2018.

"Computational thinking encompasses a range of specific thinking skills for problem solving including abstraction, decomposition, evaluation, pattern recognition, logic and algorithm design. While what exactly is included in computational thinking has been the topic of some debate, this chapter will consider each of the elements of CT, how the learning of these concepts and practices can be facilitated within the school curriculum, and the role of CT skills in other domains."

MSPnet Location: Library >> STEM+C
http://hub.mspnet.org/index.cfm/33300


2. "Computational Thinking as an Emerging Competence Domain," Aman Yadav, Jon Good, Joke Voogt, Petra Fisser, Competence-based Vocational and Professional Education, 2017.

"Computational thinking is a problem-solving skill set, which includes problem decomposition, algorithmic thinking, abstraction, and automation. Even though computational thinking draws upon concepts fundamental to computer science (CS), it has broad application to all disciplines. It has been suggested that computational thinking is an essential twenty-first century skill that should be added to every students' analytical ability. In this chapter, we discuss key computational thinking ideas and how they relate to primary and secondary education. We present efforts in three countries - England, the Netherlands, and the United States - to embed computational thinking in the schools. Using the framework of competencies as cognitive dispositions, we further explore how to develop computational thinking competencies in children and youth. Specifically, we provide examples of how computational thinking would manifest in the primary and secondary education across the disciplines. We also discuss how computational thinking ideas are relevant to vocational education and training. In particular, we support the viewpoint of digital literacy as a key component of computational thinking and the need to incorporate it into vocational education and training. We also provide directions for future research on the role of computational thinking in primary, secondary, and vocational education. In summary, we argue that computational thinking is a broadly applicable competence domain, which is important for individuals to be successful in today's technological society, to increase interest in information technology (IT), and to support inquiry in other disciplines."

MSPnet Location: Library >> STEM+C
http://hub.mspnet.org/index.cfm/33301


3. "Computational Thinking for All: Pedagogical Approaches to Embedding 21st Century Problem Solving in K-12 Classrooms," Aman Yadav, Hai Hong, Chris Stephenson, TechTrends, 2016.

"The recent focus on computational thinking as a key 21st century skill for all students has led to a number of curriculum initiatives to embed it in K-12 classrooms. In this paper, we discuss the key computational thinking constructs, including algorithms, abstraction, and automation. We further discuss how these ideas are related to current educational reforms, such as Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards and provide specific means that would allow teachers to embed these ideas in their K-12 classrooms, including recommendations for instructional technologists and professional development experts for infusing computational thinking into other subjects. In conclusion, we suggest that computational thinking ideas outlined in this paper are key to moving students from merely being technology-literate to using computational tools to solve problems."

MSPnet Location: Library >> STEM+C
http://hub.mspnet.org/index.cfm/29402


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