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With Rafi Santo (Indiana University), Dixie Ching (NYU), Kenny Graves (Teachers College @ Columbia), Nathaniel Granor (TEALS), Nathan Holbert (Teachers College @ Columbia).
Monday, March 20, 2017 at 06:00 PM    Cost: Absolutely Free
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Were bringing a piece of the worlds largest computer science education conference to NYC! At this meetup, local experts, who are presenting papers at this years SIGCSE Technical Symposium, will speak about their research & findings on key topics in K12 CS education.

Visions of Computer Science Education: Unpacking Arguments for & Projected Impacts of CS4All InitiativesRafi Santo, Indiana University & Dixie Ching, New York University

As momentum grows to expand K12 Computer Science education, associated public narratives often assume core questions about why CS should be taught to all students have been sufficiently answered. Having clarity around the core purposes that varied stakeholders are envisioning is critical to ensuring the coherence of CS4All policies & initiatives. This study presents a framework examining the range of arguments for & projected impacts of CS education programs.

Interested in Class, but Not in the Hallway: A Latent Class Analysis (LCA) of 2015-16 CS Student SurveysKenny Graves, Teachers College, Columbia University

Computer science education initiatives often use measures of interest to assess outcomes. Although appropriate for initiatives meant to encourage future participation, these measures do not always align with the complex nature of interest as described by the learning sciences literature or recognize the reality that school-related initiatives aimed at student engagement in CS will not produce individual interest in every student. This paper presents a review of the interest literature, & data from a survey with evidence of validity of over 1500 students in various CS courses.

Preparing & Supporting Industry Professionals as Volunteer Computer Science Co-Instructors for High SchoolNathaniel Granor, TEALS

The rapid expansion of Computer Science (CS) education across the United States has left schools struggling to find teachers for CS classrooms. One approach to supplementing school & teacher expertise is to use industry professionals as volunteers in the classroom. This paper outlines a model of recruiting, training, & supporting volunteers in CS classrooms in a national computer science education program that creates partnerships between industry experts & educators.

From blocks to text & back: Programming patterns in a dual-modality environmentNathan Holbert, Teachers College, Columbia University

An open question surrounding the use of blocks-based programming environments is how well they prepare learners for using more conventional text-based programming languages. In an effort to address this transition, new programming environments are providing support for both blocks-based & text-based programming. This paper presents findings from a study investigating how learners use a dual-modality programming tool where they can choose to work in either a blocks-based or text-based interface, moving between them as they work.

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