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Practical Solutions for Addressing K–12 Computer Science Equity Issues. Michelle Hutton Joanna Goode Caitlin Kelleher Chris Stephenson, Chair. Introductions. Michelle Hutton The Girl’s Middle School Joanna Goode University of Oregon, Teacher Education Department Caitlin Kelleher

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practical solutions for addressing k 12 computer science equity issues

Practical Solutions for Addressing K–12 Computer Science Equity Issues

Michelle Hutton

Joanna Goode

Caitlin Kelleher

Chris Stephenson, Chair

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introductions
Introductions

Michelle Hutton

The Girl’s Middle School

Joanna Goode

University of Oregon, Teacher Education Department

Caitlin Kelleher

Carnegie Mellon University, Post-doctorate Researcher

Chris Stephenson

Oregon State University, College of Education

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the csta poster project goals
The CSTA Poster Project Goals
  • Attract girls and underrepresented groups to computer science & IT
  • Demonstrate that CS is more than the stereotypes
  • Get kids attention in a subtle way

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csta poster messages
CSTA Poster Messages
  • Computer science is more than sitting at a computer alone
  • Computer science provides a way to help society/change the world
  • Emotional appeal
  • Interdisciplinary aspects of computing

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equity poster project results
Equity Poster Project Results
  • Poster distributed to over 16,000 teachers
  • A careers in computing lesson unit available on the CSTA website. It will also be published in American School Counselors magazine

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more csta equity projects
More CSTA Equity Projects
  • Working with National Center for Women & Information Technology to create a K-12 equity resource package
  • Working with the American School Counselors Association to provide counselors with relevant, useful information
  • Working with researchers to help them disseminate resources and best practices for K-12
  • Making equity a key focus in everything we do (publications, workshops, resource materials)

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School DistrictTeacher TrainingLearning Resources (texts)Student Support ProgramsInstitutional Support – Key District Officials

Principal

Establish

class &

Assign

teacher

APCS Classroom

Teaching & Learning

Counselors

Recruit

students

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alice helps at risk cs majors
Alice Helps At-Risk CS Majors

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storytelling alice
Storytelling Alice

Present programming as a means to the end of storytelling

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storytelling alice includes
Storytelling Alice includes…
  • high-level animations and scene support
  • a gallery of 3D characters that inspire stories
  • a story-based tutorial that teaches users the basics of Alice programming

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storytelling vs generic alice
Storytelling vs. Generic Alice
  • Users of Storytelling Alice
    • Spent 42% more of their time programming
    • Were more than three times as likely to sneak extra time to work on their programs (51% vs 16%)
    • Express more interest in future Alice use
  • Users of both Storytelling and Generic Alice preferred Storytelling Alice

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contact information
Contact Information

Michelle Hutton (The Girl’s Middle School)

mfh@pobox.com

Joanna Goode (University of Oregon)

goodej@uoregon.edu

Cailin Kelleher (Carnegie Mellon University)

caitlin@cs.cmu.edu

Chris Stephenson (Computer Science Teachers Association)

cstephenson@csta.acm.org

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