Virtual Constructionism: Addressing Equitable Access to Making and Hands-On Computing across Online and Hybrid Settings
Abstract: How can we provide equitable access to constructionist learning practices, such as maker-centered learning and hands-on computing, while teaching at a distance or in hybrid settings? Over the past decade, there has been growing interest in how “making” can benefit teachers and education programs. In the Spring of 2020, the growth of these maker-centered practices came to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing many educators to revert to traditional lectures and worksheets when teaching virtually. The transition online also exposed many of the inequities that exist across K-12 education, with particular attention being paid to the digital divide. In this Birds of a Feather session, we will engage the audience in conversations surrounding the issues of practice concerning equitable access to making and hands-on computing. By the end of the session, we aim to collaboratively create a document that captures the experiences, resources, and ideas from the community.