Wednesday, August 1 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Making Computing Meaningful: Computational Action for Formal and Informal Computing Education

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This symposium brings together a set of research agendas that aim to reframe computing education away from its traditional focus on the fundamentals of programming, such as variables, loops, and conditionals, towards one of computational action. Computational action is the idea that youth should be learning about, and creating with, computing in ways that provide them the opportunity to have direct impact in their lives and that of their communities. Each presentation explores computational action through a different cross-section of the computing education world: a formal computing classroom in an urban high school; community and classroom makerspaces; an informal world-wide app competition for young women; and an afterschool youth educational organization. Through its rich variety of educational settings, learning goals, and curriculum designs, this symposium will inspire and inform others who wish to develop their own computational action-focused learning interventions.

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Allison Colyer

Curriculum Devloper, IRIDESCENT
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Betsy DiSalvo

Associate Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Betsy DiSalvo is an Associate Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. At Georgia Tech she leads the Culture and Technology (CAT) Lab, where they study cultural values and how those values impact technology use, learning, and production... Read More →
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Rachel Nicoll

Programs Director, MassTLC Education Foundation
Technovation! CS EdWeek!

Josh Sheldon

Associate Director, MIT App Inventor
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Mark Sherman

Postdoctoral Research Associate, MIT

Elizabeth Soep

Senior Editor and Innovation Lab Founding Director, Youth Radio

Mike Tissenbaum

Research Scientist, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Wednesday August 1, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Media Lab - Multi-purpose Room, 6th Floor, Building E14 75 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA

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