Using the Compose and Code Digital Platform to Provide Leveled Support for Students with Disabilities as They Learn Coding and Computational Thinking
Abstract: he purpose of the proposed roundtable is to share a newly developed digital platform called the Digital Effective Platform for Computational Thinking and Computer Science (DEPICT-CS). DEPICT-CS is a digital learning platform that embeds self-regulated learning strategies and Universal Design for Learning supports (including a graphic organizer, audio comments, video models, and text-to-speech) to help scaffold written composition and computational thinking (CT), and guide students to code creative projects using Scratch. DEPICT-CS was specifically developed to support students with high-incidence disabilities in learning to code and think computationally. The platform was developed as a result of a previous project in which findings indicated that although students with high-incidence disabilities were able to participate in the computer science lessons we created, many had trouble navigating coding activities, understanding sequential steps, and creating a plan for their work. In this session we will demonstrate DEPICT-CS and provide opportunities for participants to interact with the tool. We will also facilitate discussion about ways tools such as these can increase access to computer science instruction for students who do not typically have access.
Presider: Jon Michael Clausen, Ball State University