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STELAR Webinar: Unpacking Computational Thinking & CT's Role in Interdisciplinary Learning

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Eastern)
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Computational Thinking and CT have become a buzz word and buzz acronym in schools and education systems worldwide, yet is still a phrase that invokes confusion and debate. This 2-part webinar will devote the first part to unpacking CT and the second to discussing CT in the context of non-CS disciplinary learning.

In Part 1, Dr. Shuchi Grover will do a encore (with a few relevant contextual edits) of her keynote address to 700 heads of schools in New Delhi in September 2017. She will discuss:
  • The Why and What of CT
  • Why is it a "competency whose time has come"?
  • Current (largely) accepted definitions of CT and its constituent elements
  • Related concepts and ideas (relation to programming, digital literacy, CS)
  • What CT looks like in the classroom
  • How countries around the world are approaching the teaching CT
  • What's happening in the US?
  • What are the gaps in research and implications for teacher education?

Part 2 of the webinar will pick up where Part 1 ends to discuss what CT looks like in settings outside of CS classrooms. Dr. Joyce Malyn-Smith will share outcomes from the Summit on Computational Thinking from K-12 Disciplinary Perspectives (CT Summit) hosted by Education Development Center (EDC) for NSF's STEM+C and ITEST program communities. The NSF’s purpose in funding this Summit was to:

1. establish and nurture a community of CT thought leaders amongst NSF ITEST and STEM+C project leaders and teacher practitioners

2. gather and analyze NSF’s body of knowledge and lessons learned around CT
3. develop a common framework describing connections between Computational Thinking and various disciplines across K-12 and share it with the national community of stakeholders.

The CT Summit took place in August and November of 2017 at EDC headquarters in Waltham, MA. The first meeting focused on “Framework Building” to identify constructs that define and operationalize CT within the various K-12 disciplines represented in ITEST and STEM+C projects, and to draft a framework for integrating CT in different K-12 disciplines.

The second convening of the Summit focused on “Aligning Assessments” by reviewing CT assessment instruments and checking their alignment with the CT framework developed during the Part 1 of the workshop series, identifying gaps, and suggesting ideas for additional assessments to support CT learned via disciplines.

We hope that you will attend and bring your questions, each presenter will allow time for Q&A.

*Please note that while registration is not limited, there are only 100 seats available. Joining the webinar day-of will be on a first come, first served basis. Registration does not guarantee you a spot in the webinar, as we must allow some level of over-subscription to ensure that those who are able to listen are not locked out because of those who register but do not attend. If the 100 seats are filled and you are not able to listen live, a recording and archive of webinar materials will be posted to the website the day after the event.*