CS4ALL WANTED TO LEARN FROM THE EXPERIENCES THEIR CLOSELY-KNIT NETWORK HAD WHEN BRINGING COMPUTER SCIENCE INTO THE CLASSROOM.
TYTHE's work focused on largely on a subset of 200 teachers who had completed some or all of CSNYC's pilot program. This smaller group brought empathy for their peers new to CS and an understanding of how CS manifest in the classroom and industry settings.
WE NARROWED OUR RESEARCH FOCUS TO DEVELOP A SERIES OF FIVE WORKSHOPS, ENGAGING 30 EDUCATORS FROM ALL GRADE LEVELS AND SUBJECTS.
The first three workshops focused on aggregating knowledge and experiences from teachers across school levels, course subjects, and school districts. We wanted to know:
- What resources, tools, and knowledge do teachers need to teach CS effectively?
- What is working well in classrooms now? What is challenging?
- Where does CS fit into learning at each school level and in each subject?
THROUGHOUT EACH WORKSHOP, WE RELIED ON CO-CREATIVE METHODS TO LEARN FROM TEACHERS AND SHARE TACTICS AND TECHNIQUES WITH ATTENDING PARTICIPANTS.
The workshops were designed to bring in knowledge that could support the teachers in attendance and offer valuable networking time outside of school, while also supporting the CS4All team in gathering critical information for the Blueprint.
In addition to collaboratively developing the activity guides for each workshop, I supported each session as a group facilitator.