Maya Israel recently contributed an article as a guest blogger on the Teacher Community blog of Code.org, 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 Code.org Teacher Community blog: What do we mean by Computer Science for All?
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.
The latest pilot of the CS4H materials is in the news.
Kenwood librarian Miriam Larson has discussed the specifics of Tech Time at Kenwood on her blog, Seeing Little Moments. She calls it, Collaboration and De-Centering Technology. Miriam shares the background of Tech Time, her work with Todd Lash and Travis Faust, the goals of Tech Time, the desire to be transparent, creative, and responsive. CTRL-Shift is really a collection of different efforts, and Miriam’s history is a great contribution to our work.