CSTA is a dynamic and vibrant organization of professionals interested in supporting computer science education in grades K-12. The annual CSTA conference brings together a world class professional development and educator community to build skills, meet other teachers, and get inspired. NCWIT presenters will share research and resources from the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing program to help increase girls’ participation in computing classes.
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You Know What to Teach, Now Let's Explore HOW to Teach It // Monday, July 9, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. // Location: Room 206-207
In this session, participants will explore the “EngageCSEdu Engagement Framework” (developed by NCWIT) to learn to create a more student-centered classroom that builds confidence and community, and that helps avoid the teacher “expert trap.” Participants will explore actionable practices around the three Engagement Principles: Make It Matter, Create Inclusive Community, and Build Student Confidence in Computing. Students are more motivated, perform better, and more likely to persist when they can see how a lesson connects to their life, interests, goals, and values, and when they have a community related to their academic pursuits. Research suggests that these principles are especially impactful on engagement and persistence if encouraged early in a student’s experience with computing. This is especially true for groups that are currently underrepresented in computing, like girls. Participants will come away with actionable strategies and sample instructional materials in packets created from NCWIT resources.
presented by NCWIT Strategic Director of K-12 Initiatives Leslie Aaronson and NCWIT EngageCSEdu Director Beth Quinn
Impacts on Diversifying Computing and Technology // Monday, July 9, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. // Location: Room 206-207
The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award and the AiC Community are continually evaluated in order to improve program processes and to gauge impacts on award recipients and community members. In this presentation, we will discuss recent evaluation results focusing on impacts and what these impacts can potentially indicate for increasing diversity in computing and technology fields of study. A Q&A session will follow, regarding the evaluation results and how high school teachers can present the benefits of the community to their female high school students.
presented by NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Program Evaluator Lyn Swackhamer and NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Regional Affiliate Manager Bridget Quinn
Create Digital Artifacts for Students to Communicate Their CS Journey // Tuesday, July 10, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. // Location: Room 213
What do students create and take with them to show the world that they are prepared with computer science skills? Creating a professional digital portfolio at school or within a CS course becomes imperative for the students who are obtaining these important CS skills so that they have a place to showcase and document their work as proof of their experience. This session will go over how to create a digital portfolio and items that can be added to enhance the portfolio of each student. This is a proactive way to document the learning and create a digital footprint to archive student achievement. The portfolios create a digital artifact that remind the students about what they have learned and allows them to elevate their skills as they navigate through their own CS journey beyond the classroom.
presented by NCWIT Strategic Director of K-12 Initiatives Leslie Aaronson