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    Dear Laura:
    I am intrigued by your post, “Coding for Children,” because many might believe that coding may be too farfetched for younger children to engage in. Nevertheless, teaching students to code paves the path for increased inquiry on their behalf and greater development of critical thinking skills.

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  • Dear Maritza:
    I am intrigued by your post, “ Computational Thinkers NOT Robots,” because the title alone dismantle a bias that many people might hold. I know that when I first thought about computational thinking, I solely thought about codes that were complex and a bunch of 1s and 0s. I had never considered that computational thinking was far…Read More

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    Dear Abigail:
    I am excited to read about how you define coding in your post, ” ‘Coding’ My View”, because I feel like it corrects the misconception that many have as to what coding truly is. I think many times we rely on a definition that has been implanted in us because of what we have heard others say or what we see in the media, but it is…Read More

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    Computer Science: A Need, Not a Choice

    How can we encourage a growth mindset amongst students regarding Computer Science? How can we motivate students to believe that they too can engage in Computer Science? People usually say that those able to do Computer Science are those...

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    • Dear Aniya: 

      I am appreciative for your post, “Computer Science: A Need, Not a Choice” because you ask a lot of deep questions about providing access to computer science for all students. Additionally, your inquiry probes how certain bias and stereotypes about computer science exist and this makes me think about how our role as educators can support the changing of those ideas. 
       
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Many educators might suggest that the lack of teaching Computer Science may be a result of scarce resources or a lack of interest on behalf of students.” I strongly believe that educators need to be responsive to the needs and interests of their students. In respects to computer science, if this is an interest of our students, even for one individual, it is necessary for us to discover a way to include it. Also, if students are not exposed, how do we know that they are not interested? In addition to personal interests, it is a twenty-first century skill that has many advantages for our students’ futures. Scarcity of resources is a real issue that schools and educators face. On a positive note, the more we learn about computational thinking and computer science, the more resourceful we can become. This makes me think that providing professional development and learning experiences for educators should be an encouraged part of their pre-service and continuing education requirements.  

      Another sentence that struck me was: “People usually say that those able to do Computer Science are those that are either of a certain race, gender, economic standing or level of intellect, but I wonder what has made them come to such conclusions?.” This stood out for me because it reminds me of the study that was done asking young people to draw pictures of a scientist. The article, What We Learn From 50 Years of Kids Drawing Scientists, explains that many children often drew a male scientist when given the prompt. In the article, Alice Eagly, a psychologist from Northwestern University states this about the study:“In the long run, stereotypes reflect what people observe in everyday life. They are not myths.” My connection with this study and your question is that it reminds me how important it is to make sure that our classrooms are representative of our diverse world. To support this shift, educators can offer the stories and glimpses into the lives of diverse computer scientists and coders to serve as mirrors and windows. These experiences are significant so that learners can see themselves reflected within the computer science world and develop understandings about the wider world in general. 

       Have you seen this article, 3 Reasons why Students Aren’t Into Computer Science – Yet? I thought you might be interested in this because the author, Jaime Perez, seeks to understand why students aren’t interested in computer science. He includes three reasons for why he believes there is a low interest in studying computer science at a higher level. One is exposure – he remarks how he never took a class in high school. Another is social factors, where he includes his thinking that there is a disconnect between what computer science actually is and how it needs to be explained in connected to an individual’s interests. 

      Thanks for your writing and sharing your ideas. 

      Marina

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It was interesting to read about algorithim bias because I would have never thought that technology would be capable of that. It shows that the topic of bias can be explored across domains, allowing students to see the wide scope in which bias operates.

Teaching students about the importance of accuracy and clarity in their work through means of algorithims can be effective in helping them develop their critical thinking and communication skills.

It is so interesting to see that algorithims, though we may not call them that on a daily basis, are a part of our everyday life. It makes me question what other practices that I engage in may be tied to Computer Science.

Teaching students about algorithims can be beneficial on multiple facets because aside from presenting students to the concept as a whole, they are also being introduced to new and useful vocabulary that can be taken with them across subjects.

I think bringing awareness to the benefits that teaching coding has is so important. Coding allows students to engage in creativity on a different level that provides both a challenge and gives them the space to create to their likings.

Interacting with Technology Vs. Creating

If we are actually rehearsing what we are going to say rather than actually listening, are we truly listening? Though it may not seem like it, in order to formulate an appropriate response, I guess we do listen somewhat.

I many times struggle to think interdependently. I often run on to take on tasks that should require the assistance of others by myself, leading to burn out. I have to learn to rely on others in order to be my best and not so worn out.

Listening with empathy sounds like something very simple, yet can be so hard for us to do. If more of us were empathetic with one another, we would be in such a different place.

We should instill in our students the desire to learn, but also show them that learning can be fun. This may require us to spice up the curriculum, but would in turn, provide a higher engagement on behalf of students.

Humor is a great thing to have! Not only does it have its health benefits, but it also allows us to enjoy and appreciate the purity and great moments in life as well as those that are a bit more unconventional.

I don't feel like this habit is my go to at all! I plan hard in order to avoid any failure and setbacks. I have so many planners and lists and written plans to ensure the lack of failure that I fear.

A creative person is constantly thinking about ways they can achieve goals and actions while taking into account their objective rather than their obstacle.

It is important to both learn and be taught how to interpret and experience the world around us with our senses. In doing so, we are able to take advantage of the knowledge we gain from such experiences.

Thinking and communication mirror one another; if thinking is unclear, communication will also follow that same format. There have been times where my mind feels overloaded and communicating becomes a lot more loose and less accurate.

Past knowledge and old experiences become the foundation for our new ones. We learn from the past and apply it in the present (most times).

The habit of questioning things in the world around us allows us to be continuos learners. Inquiry allows us to develop more knowledge about a myriad of topics and a desire to learn more and more.

Striving for accuracy is a decision one makes to go above and beyond to achieve a high level of performance. High standards should not be pushed onto students, however, they should be reminded of their potential to meet such standards.

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