It's been said that we are living in exponential times, based on how rapidly (exponentially) technology is changing, and how equally rapidly society is changing. What are the qualities we should look for in teachers to ensure students are prepared for the world they're facing?
Katrina Kennett is a PhD Candidate in Curriculum & Instruction and Writing Studies and studies how teachers plan and teach with digital tools. Having taught both Education and Informatics/Writing Studies courses, Katrina will share how she uses Google Drive (specifically Google Docs and Google Slides) as an interactive pedagogical tool - in class and out. With these tools, her students do collaborative research, crowdsource resources, respond to readings, and archive their intellectual and creative work. She will share examples and practice-based suggestions.
What is Cuba's approach to literacy and computer literacy, and where might Scratch, and UIUC, enter the picture?
How do you design simulations that use gesture interaction to support middle school students in constructing explanations of complex scientific phenomena? This is the overarching question driving the GRASP Project, an NSF-funded collaboration between the University of Illinois College of Education and the Concord Consortium. We will give an overview of development thus far and will discuss plans for expanding testing of simulations in classrooms.
Ctrl-Z is a five year old local high school robotics team drawing students from nine different schools in the greater Champaign-Urbana area. We compete in the annual First Robotics Competition, the highest division of the FIRST organization. Ctrl-Z works hard with our community to develop recognition for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
The organizers of EdCampCU - Katrina Kennett, Todd Lash, and Alex Valencic - will talk briefly about EdCampCU’s history of bringing together community members around conversations about education, preview a clip from Most Likely to Succeed, a documentary film we will host a free community screening of, and have a conversation to help everyone look forward to the Fall EdCampCU at the Pygmalion Festival!
On January 30th, the third EdCampCU took place at the College of Education. Attended by participants from around the Champaign Urbana area (and as far as Arthur!), we brought together in-service teachers, pre-service teachers, administration, school board members, parents, community members, Fab Lab educators, and others.
The CSK8 Research Group (Maya Israel, Quentin Wherfel, Melinda Snodgrass, and Saad Shehab) will lead a discussion about the wide-ranging initiatives to include computer programming and computational thinking in K-12 instruction, and implications for academically diverse learners. They will also share their approach to studying computing education and some implications for K-12 instruction.
Alvarez Dixon, Extension Educator for Champaign and Vermillion Counties, will discuss his outreach work in STEM education and local Special Interest Clubs (SPIN), including the Teens as Teachers program which helps young people in the early high school years work with middle school-age youth as mentors in STEM topics. Bob Smith, also from 4-H, will share information on statewide SPIN clubs in robotics and other technologies, including computer science.