Professional Development for Middle School Teachers to Promote Computational Thinking for Populations Underrepresented in STEM Fields

ID: 52617 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Matthew Duvall, Frank Lee, and Brian Smith, Drexel University, United States

Wednesday, March 28 2:25-2:45 PM Location: Bell View on map

Presider: Denise Johnson, Winston-Salem State University, United States

Abstract: This paper describes a pilot study of a professional development (PD) program for middle school teachers. The PD aims to assist educators with introducing computational thinking to their students using a custom programming tool and website that allows students to program video games using Python and play them on a virtual skyscraper. The design and development of technology and PD for computational thinking is an under-researched area, and this case study demonstrates one approach for creating effective training for teachers.


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