Learning Trajectories for Integrating K-5 Computer Science and Mathematics


 

LTEC Staff Profile: Andy Isaacs

July 20, 2017

Name: Andy Isaacs

LTEC Role: Principal Investigator

Professional Background: I am a Research Associate Professor at the University of Chicago, where I direct UChicago STEM Education, a center that’s devoted to research and practice in STEM education. I also lead the team responsible for Everyday Mathematics, the elementary program from the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project (UCSMP), and teach number theory for the University’s Urban Teacher Education Program.

I taught fourth and fifth grades in Chicago-area public schools from 1977 until 1985, when I joined the Departement of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) as a lecturer in mathematics education. I came to UCSMP in 1995 to work on an NSF-funded teacher development project led by Shelia Sconiers. I earned a BA in classical Greek from Northwestern University in 1974, an MST in elementary education from the University of Chicago in 1977, and a DA in mathematics (with concentrations in abstract algebra and theoretical computer science) from UIC in 1994.

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LTEC @ AERA 2017

July 07, 2017

In April, the LTEC team presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 2017. We enjoyed returning to San Antonio, TX, after our recent visit for NCTM 2017 and attending presentations to hear about the exciting work being done by colleagues past, present, and future. Some of us were also lucky enough to see the Fiesta Flambeau parade!

Our project was pleased to contribute two posters to a structured poster session entitled “Stories from the Field: Integrating Computational Thinking Across Curricular Domains.” It was a great opportunity to hear about efforts similar to ours and discuss successes and challenges with colleagues.

The session participants are currently working on a putting together a special journal issue based on the work presented in the poster session. Stay tuned for updates – we’ll let you know as soon as we have an expected publication date.

Below you will find a summary of our poster presentations for the integration session, as well as an additional poster presented by members of the LTEC team. As always, please feel free to sound off in the comments section with any feedback!

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LTEC Staff Profile: Maya Israel

June 30, 2017

Name: Maya Israel

LTEC Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Professional Background: I am an associate professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. I am also the research director of the Creative Technology Research Lab (CTRL). I started my career as a special education teacher, and I consistently noticed that when we provide students with disabilities with instruction that is accessible and engaging, they can succeed academically and socially. This work led to my research focus on developing and studying instructional strategies, pedagogies, and technologies that promote active and meaningful engagement and learning for a broad range of learners, including those with disabilities. My research interests include pedagogical approaches to support students with disabilities and other struggling learners in K-12 computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) instruction.

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