Share Paper: Virtual Constructionism: Addressing Equitable Access to Making and Hands-On Computing across Online and Hybrid Settings

  1. Jason Harron, Kennesaw State University, United States
  2. Yi Jin, Kennesaw State University, United States
Tuesday, October 26 4:30 PM-5:30 PM ROOM 3

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. ...