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Friday, August 3 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Research Paper Panel: Creative Technology Applications for Neurodiverse Learners

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A Participatory Evaluation of an Innovative Technology-Based Program for Adolescents with Autism
Ariana Riccio, Maruf Hossain, Beth Rosenberg, Kristen Gillespie-Lynch

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is defined by socio-communicative difficulties and restricted, repetitive behaviors and/or focused interests. Focused interests can motivate people with autism to obtain expertise in their interest areas which are often expressed through a systematic approach to learning and an affinity for computers, mathematics and science. Created with the goal of bolstering STEM skills among teens with ASD, this informal education program provides previously unavailable opportunities for youth with ASD to develop authorial computing skills. The current study presents an evaluation of TKU’s summer curriculum for adolescents with autism and discusses current program design, students’ own goals for the future, and successful instructional techniques to facilitate learning. A participatory curriculum adaptation is presented based on evaluation results.

Learning Despite Resistance: Engaging Resistant Learners through Creative Learning
Ulf Berthelsen

Through a comparative analysis of two Scratch projects made by two different groups of 6th grade students, this study shows how working with the visual programming language Scratch (www.scratch.mit-edu) provides resistant students with unexpected learning opportunities. The study compares the student projects with respect to level of code complexity and level of subject matter integration, and it is argued that the creative learning opportunities provided by the Scratch programming language encourage the resistant students to engage in meaningful learning activities despite their resistance.

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Ulf Berthelsen

Assistant Professor, Aarhus University
My main research interests are digital literacy and integration of digital technologies in K-12 learning environments. I'm is currently conducting a study on integration computer programming across subjects.
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Ariana Riccio

Doctoral Student, The Graduate Center, City University of NY

Friday August 3, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
MIT Tang Center, E51-149 - Classroom, Building E51 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA 02142

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