A Journey Towards Computer Science and Computational Thinking as a New Literacy for Teacher Candidates

ID: 52107 Type: Poster/Demo
  1. Chery Lucarelli, Jill Long, and Jennifer Rosato, The College of St. Scholastica, United States
  2. Heather Benedict, Heather Benedict, LLC, United States

Wednesday, March 28 5:45 PM-7:00 PM Location: Edison Ballroom D View on map

Presider: Rashid Khan, DCC- King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia

Abstract: This session will describe the in-progress efforts of TeachCS@CSS Funded by Google, the TeachCS@CSS project aims to infuse computational thinking content and pedagogy throughout the teacher preparation programs at The College of St Scholastica At the same time, a critical focus of the project is providing pre-service teachers with the tools they will need for addressing computational thinking and equity issues that exist in K12 schools At the outset, the project recognized that to train new teachers to support computational thinking (CT) and computer science (CS) in K12 schools there would need to be professional development for teacher education faculty and support for cooperating teachers If "CS for All" requires "CS for all Teachers", it also requires "CS for Faculty" in teacher preparation programs In addition to the creation of foundational and CT curricular strands in each content area including special education, our project includes the development of an open source, online professional development course for college faculty as well as the development of a model for curriculum coaching support for faculty as they undertake this journey

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