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In this episode I unpack Proctor, Bigman, and Blikstein’s (2019) publication titled “Defining and designing computer science education in a K12 public school district,” which serves as a case study of a district’s processes and tensions developing a plan for implementing computer science across K-12.Click here for this episode’s show notes.This podcast is powered by BootUp Professional Development.
In this interview with Matinga Ragatz, we discuss Matinga’s journey into education, creating environments where kids can learn through struggle, the importance of social and emotional learning (SEL), how schools promote individualism and exceptionalism, the intersections of project-based learning and SEL, decolonizing education, the importance of shared values in education, and so much more.Click here for this episode’s show notes.This podcast is powered by BootUp Professional Development.
In this episode I unpack Coppola’s (2021) publication titled “What if Freire had Facebook? A critical interrogation of social media woke culture among privileged voices in music education discourse,” which summarizes Paulo Freire’s works and hypothesizes how Freire may have responded to some forms of woke culture.Click here for this episode’s show notes.This podcast is powered by BootUp Professional Development.
Building off the previous episode on depression, suicide, and CS education, this episode is a supercut of guests responding to how they take care of themselves and stave off burnout. If you have not done so yet, I highly recommend listening to last year’s supercut on the same topic or the episode from two years ago to hear perspectives from other guests.Click here for this episode’s show notes.This podcast is powered by BootUp Professional Development.
Note: If you or anyone you know are experiencing signs of depression or suicidal ideation, please reach out to local healthcare professionals or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255In honor of national suicide prevention week, in this week’s episode replay I read a paper I wrote on the topic of depression, suicide, and computer science education. This paper is formatted into the following sections: 1) A vignette on my own experiences coping with depression and suicide; 2) Statistics on depression and suicide as it relates to various populations computer science educators work with; 3) A vignette of a computer science educator helping a student through depression and suicidal thoughts; 4) Risk factors and warning signs; 5) Suggestions for providing support; 6) A vignette from a computer science educator's perspective on a student who committed suicide; and 7) Closing thoughts.Click here for this episode’s show notes.Learn more about National Suicide Prevention Month/Week/Day.This podcast is powered by BootUp Professional Development.
In this episode, Jon Stapleton and I read our (2022) publication titled “Fostering intersectional identities through rhizomatic learning,” which uses mapping as a metaphor for individualized learning.Click here for this episode’s show notes.This podcast is powered by BootUp Professional Development.
In this interview with Napiya Nubuya, we discuss Napiya’s journey into CS, how COVID has impacted learning and communities, The Next IT Girl, being a role model for wellness, suggestions for working from home, the influence of fashion and design, our thoughts on the value of education, and so much more.Click here for this episode’s show notes.This podcast is powered by BootUp Professional Development.
How Concerned Are You?

How Concerned Are You?

2022-08-1508:30

In this episode I share some of my concerns about the future of education and ask that you join me for a conversation on the topic.Click here for this episode’s show notes.This podcast is powered by BootUp Professional Development.
In this episode I unpack Ni et al.’s (2022) publication titled “Teachers as curriculum co-designers: Supporting professional learning and curriculum implementation in a CSforAll RPP project,” which shares results of an RPP where teachers collaboratively designed an app development curriculum that they implemented in their classrooms.Click here for this episode’s show notes.This podcast is powered by BootUp Professional Development.
In this interview with Ben Owens, we discuss Ben’s transition from working as an engineer to working in K-12 education, opensource as a metaphor for teaching and learning, various stakeholder reactions to opensource resources and learning, bridging the gap between out-of-school and in-school learning, iterating on teaching and learning, and so much more.Click here for this episode’s show notes.This podcast is powered by BootUp Professional Development.
In this episode I unpack Worsley’s (2022) publication titled “Examining the realities and nuances of ‘low-stakes’ interest-driven learning environments,” which discusses two case studies of students programming in low-stakes, interest-driven learning environments.Click here for this episode’s show notes.This podcast is powered by BootUp Professional Development.
In this interview with Carter Zenke, we discuss Carter’s pedagogical approach that centers playfulness, creativity, and purpose; lessons learned teaching CS50 to over one million students; balancing free exploration with learning content; designing opportunities for getting into CS; the benefits of watching recordings of your own teaching; helping educators find their “why”; and so much more.Click here for this episode’s show notes.This podcast is powered by BootUp Professional Development.
In this episode I unpack Petrie’s (2021) publication titled “Programming music with Sonic Pi promotes positive attitudes for beginners,” which investigates student attitudes around enjoyment, importance, and anxiety when coding music through Sonic Pi.Click here for this episode’s show notes.This podcast is powered by BootUp Professional Development.
In this interview with Charlotte Dungan, we discuss Charlotte’s holistic approach to education, remotely teaching CS to rural communities, why Charlotte believes teaching is harder than working in industry, teaching AI in elementary school, the influence of money on research and practice, the future of work, and much more.Click here for this episode’s show notes.This podcast is powered by BootUp Professional Development.
In this episode I unpack Martin et al.’s (2022) publication titled “Scaling professional learning for equitable and inclusive computer science teaching,” which is an experience report that shares lessons learned from three iterations of scaling professional development around equitable and inclusive CS education.Click here for this episode’s show notes.This podcast is powered by BootUp Professional Development.
In this episode I unpack Walker, Sherif, and Breazeal’s (2022) publication titled “Liberatory computing education for African American students,” which unpacks and situates the five pillars of the liberation framework proposed by El-Amin within data activism modules.Click here for this episode’s show notes.This podcast is powered by BootUp Professional Development.
In this interview with Mike Kaechele, we discuss dismantling prejudices through projects, how to situate project-based learning within the community and for local impact, what can be learned when a project fails, the difference between projects and recipes, why social and emotional learning (SEL) is important, lessons learned teaching a variety of subject areas, differences between equity and equality in education, and so much more.Click here for this episode’s show notes.This podcast is powered by BootUp Professional Development.
In this episode I unpack Brinkley’s (2020) publication titled “Participation at what cost? Teaching accessibility using participatory design: An experience report,” which summarizes lessons learned designing and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on inclusive design.Click here for this episode’s show notes.This podcast is powered by BootUp Professional Development.
Thoughts and Prayers?

Thoughts and Prayers?

2022-05-3048:07

In this episode I read from a list of school shootings in the United States of America. As uncomfortable as it might be, I ask that you take some time to honor and remember those who have been murdered and injured at school, then act to change this.Click here for this episode’s show notes.
In this episode I unpack Fritz et al.’s (2021) publication titled “Project moveSMART: When physical education meets computational thinking in elementary classrooms,” which summarizes pilot study findings and activities that integrate CS/CT with physical education through a micro:bit.Click here for this episode’s show notes.This podcast is powered by BootUp Professional Development.
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