New Research Website

New website highlighting Creative Technologies Research Lab Research Efforts

There is a new research website tied to Ctrl-Shift that we are calling the Creative Technologies Research Lab (CTRL). We envision the continued collaboration between research and practice. The CTRL website will have updates on our NSF projects and activities. We will at the same time also continue to post practical implications from those research efforts on the CTRL-shift website.

You can access the CTRL website at

What do we mean by Computer Science for All?

Maya Israel recently contributed an article as a guest blogger on the Teacher Community blog of, a nonprofit organization that works to expand computer science in schools and increase participation in the field by women and underrepresented students of color. In her piece, Israel shared how students with disabilities fit into the Computer Science for All initiative by the White House.

Read the whole blog post on the Teacher Community blog: What do we mean by Computer Science for All?

CTRL-Shift collaboration brings teachers, professors, and students together to bring computing to all students

Unit 4 teachers, MSTE staff, and College of Education faculty and students are working together to bring computing to all grades and all students. Kenwood Elementary School teachers have been collaborating with MSTE staff, other University of Illinois faculty & staff, and community members for several years through CTRL-Shift. As a result of these collaborations, Kenwood adopted a school-wide coding initiative three years ago and Kenwood teachers are now writing new curriculum with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) STEM+C initiative. They are developing new learning modules that embed computer science instruction within the Everyday Mathematics curricula currently used at the school. Everyday Mathematics was developed at the University of Chicago, which is a partner on the grant.

Learn more by reading the University of Illinois News Bureau’s article Project embeds computer science lessons in math instruction for K-5 students.