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Computational Thinking for the Rest of Us: A Liberal Arts Approach to Engaging Middle and High School Teachers with Computer Science Students
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, , Wake Forest University, United States ; , Winston-Salem State University, United States ; , Hanes Magnet School, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Jacksonville, Florida, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-07-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Recruiting talented college students remain a significant problem because of difficulties relating and connecting their knowledge with wider audiences. We implemented over the past two years Google Computer Science for High School (CS4HS) workshops with computer science students, faculty, and middle and high school teachers. Computer science students developed hands-on programming lessons using Scratch Programming and App Inventor, presented these lessons during most of the sessions, and participated in a panel discussion about computer science at the middle and high school levels. We evaluated the effectiveness of our workshops through teacher and student surveys. In the short term, students highly valued the opportunity to enrich their education and found our efforts to be socially meaningful. In the long term, our goal is to create a feedback loop where students train teachers in computational thinking, thereby helping them in turn mentor future computer science students.

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Cho, S., Pauca, P., Johnson, D. & James, Y. (2014). Computational Thinking for the Rest of Us: A Liberal Arts Approach to Engaging Middle and High School Teachers with Computer Science Students. In M. Searson & M. Ochoa (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2014--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 79-86). Jacksonville, Florida, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 26, 2019 from .

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