Learning Trajectories for Integrating K-5 Computer Science and Mathematics




LTEC Staff Profile: Diana Franklin

May 22, 2017

Name: Diana Franklin

LTEC Role: Senior Personnel

Professional Background: I am the Director of Computer Science Education at UChicago STEM Education and a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science. I began my career as an assistant professor (2002–2007) and associate professor with tenure (2007) in Computer Science at the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, during which I held the Forbes Chair. From 200–2015, I was tenured teaching faculty at UC Santa Barbara, where I won two teaching awards. I am a recipient of the NSF CAREER award and an inaugural recipient of the NCWIT faculty mentoring award. My research interests include computing education research, parallel programming and architecture, and ethnic and gender diversity in computing. I am the author of “A Practical Guide to Gender Diversity for CS Faculty,” from Morgan Claypool.

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LTEC @ SIGCSE 2017

April 20, 2017

The LTEC team kicked of the conference season with SIGCSE 2017 in Seattle, WA. A non-zero subset of us was not even ready for the hilly downtown area, but the greenery was a welcome sight after a long Illinois winter. SIGCSE really showed off with elegant events – true to its small, CS conference roots, despite this year’s record-breaking attendance of 1500+ people. There were lovely receptions and luncheons, daily snacks in the exhibit hall, and even a puzzle challenge that a pair of us excitedly completed. Team members were excited to present 3 papers and 1 poster at this year’s conference – 2 of which were LTEC-related. Links to our papers and presentation slides appear below.

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LTEC Staff Profile: George Reese

March 06, 2017

Name: George Reese

LTEC Role: Senior staff

Professional Background: Professional Background: High School Mathematics Teacher at Santa Fe Public Schools and Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS) in Santa Fe, NM. I have a Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. For the past 15 years, I have been the Director of the Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education (MSTE). We were STEM before STEM was a thing.

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The Blockly Programming Library

February 27, 2017

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In an effort to survey the landscape of programming environments suitable for early Computer Science learning, this week we turn our attention this week to Google’s Blockly. Blockly is a unique proposition in this space as it is not a full fledged programming environment but instead a library for building visual programming editors and applications. As Google states in the documentation, Blockly is for developers. Blockly apps are for students.

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