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Thursday, August 2 • 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Stitching the Loop Curriculum: Making Electronic Textiles in Exploring Computer Science Classrooms

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Coding, like the Maker Movement, has a longstanding history of inaccessibility to non-White, non-male students from working-class communities. In order to broaden access to both making and coding, deepen learning in those fields, and promote better diversity in what is being made, we created and implemented an eight-week long formal curricular unit, "Stitching the Loop," which facilitated students' interest-driven electronic textiles projects, supported peer collaboration, and provided equity-minded teaching. In this Spotlight we will share about the iterative development and testing of the curriculum over three years, leading up to its public release in August 2018. Our presentation will highlight key features in designing and implementing the curriculum, which was iteratively designed and tested with increasing numbers of teachers over three years.


Deborah Fields

Associate Research Professor, Utah State University
Dr. Deborah A. Fields is a Temporary Assistant Professor in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences at Utah State University and an independent research consultant. Deborah researches children’s connective learning and identity engagement through designing with digital technologies... Read More →

Joanna Goode

Professor, University of Oregon
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Yasmin Kafai

Chair, Teaching Learning & Leadership Division, University of Pennsylvania
Yasmin Kafai is Professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a researcher, designer, and developer of online communities and tools (ecrafting.org, stitchtfest.org, and scratch.mit.edu) to promote computational participation, crafting, and creativity across K-16. Book publications include Connected Code, Connected Play, The Computer Clubhouse, Textile Messages, and Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat. Kafai earned a doctorate from Harvard University while working wit... Read More →

Thursday August 2, 2018 3:15pm - 3:45pm EDT
MIT Tang Center, E51-145 - Lecture Hall, Building E51 2 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA