Abstract: This interactive session will introduce participants to an innovative framework and implementation plan designed to prepare pre-service teachers to purposefully integrate technology, engineering practices, computer science, visual arts, math, digital literacy, and language arts to support the construction of scientific knowledge & computational thinking. The course framework is aligned to the Three Dimensions of Learning outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards (2013), Digital Literacy and Computer Science Standards (ALSDE, 2018 & CSTA, 2017), and TPACK (2006). During this session, participants will have an opportunity to engage in inquiry-based learning that includes activities such as building 3D models out of recyclable materials and using Make Code software and Hummingbird Bit robotics kits to make the models interactive.
Participants will be able to identify key criteria for an innovative STEM methods course that is explicitly aligned with digital literacy and computer science standards in order to enhance technological, content, and pedagogical knowledge for pre-service teachers.
Participants will be able to develop a 3 year framework for an integrated curriculum plan that supports the construction of scientific knowledge, an understanding of cross-cutting concepts that link big ideas across disciplines, computational thinking, creativity, critical thinking, and digital literacy.
Participants will be able to construct interactive, 3D models using found and recyclable materials, Hummingbird Bit robotics, and MakeCode software.
Introduction: Instructors will make a research-supported argument for the relevant and urgent need for Teacher Educators and P-12 teachers to incorporate the integration of Digital Literacy and Computer Science in the classroom. Participants will examine National/International Standards for Digital Literacy and Computer Science (ISTE, CSTA, State Standards), as well as state legislation mandating the integration of Computer Science in P-12 classrooms.Instructors will present an innovative framework and implementation plan used to prepare pre-service and P-12 teachers.
Exploring Tools for Digital Literacy and Computer Science Integration:Participants will experience computer science challenges while being introduced to various robotics tools to support the construction of knowledge.
Micro:bit Deep Dive with MakeCode Software: Participants will be introduced to the BBC Micro:bit and create content by exploring and utilizing the MakeCode software.
Hummingbird Integration with MakeCode Software: Participants will apply their knowledge of computing with block-based platforms and hardware (BBC Micro:bit) to explore the Hummingbird Bit Robotics Kit. Application with Personally Meaningful Project: Participants will apply and build upon their knowledge of Micro:bit and Hummingbird Bit robotics tools by engaging in a design process to create a personally meaningful project. 3 Year Framework:Participants will brainstorm key criteria for an innovative STEM methods course or K-12 classroom. Participants will develop a three year framework for an integrated curriculum plan.
A willingness to practice the following Habits of Mind (Costa, 2000) when faced with problems that you do not know how to solve: Responding with Wonderment and Awe, Taking Responsible Risks, Problem Solving Skills, Finding Humor, Thinking Flexibly, Persistence, Listening to Others with Empathy and Understanding, Metacognition, Applying Prior Knowledge to New Situations, Gathering Data Through All Senses, Creating, Imagining, and Innovating, Thinking Interdependently, and Learning Continuously.
All three instructors have a combined 50+ years of teaching experience in K-12 settings and in teacher education at four different universities. Over the last five years, they have collaborated on numerous STEM initiatives ranging from co-teaching a science methods course on site at an elementary school, to planning and implementing family and community STEM events, and creating an innovative STEM course and field experience that purposefully integrates digital literacy and computer science standards.