Ever wonder what other schools, with differing access to technology, are doing to teach computer science (CS)? While CS and computational thinking (CT) activities don’t always require access to a computer, we know that access to current technology in- and out-of-schools is not equitable for all students. During our webinar, we discussed what equity and access to technology look like in different school systems around the country, from a school-wide computer lab to 1:1 device-to-student ratio. How do teachers make these conditions work to teach CS for all students?

In this webinar that occurred on Tuesday, February 27th from 7:30-8:30PM ET (4:30-5:30PM PT), we discussed the resources that different districts have, how they managed to get those resources, and how those resources are used to teach computer science and computational thinking.

The following folks were on the webinar:

  • Kelli Lane, Technology Integration Coordinator for Hoover City Schools. Kelli Lane currently serves as the Technology Integration Coordinator for Hoover City Schools. In her role, she works with the technology coaches, teachers, and administrators to support the district’s 1:1 Engaged Learning Initiative. In addition to her role in HCS, she also serves as the Vice President of Professional Learning for the state’s technology coordinators’ association, Alabama Leaders in Educational Technology. With over eighteen years of experience, it is Kelli’s belief that the effective integration of technology into classrooms can radically transform teaching and learning.
  • Sarah Dunton, M. Ed, Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance Manager College of Information and Computer Sciences University of Massachusetts Amherst. Sarah is the manager of the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance, one of eight broadening participation in computing alliances funded by the National Science Foundation. She works with leadership teams in 16 states and the territory of Puerto Rico to develop computer science education policy reform efforts. Sarah has a master’s degree in teacher education & curriculum studies with a concentration in learning, media & technology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
  • Bill Church, Director at White Mountain Science Inc. Bill is a former public school physics teacher who has used engineering design challenges, real world science investigations, and technology toolsets in STEM classrooms for over twenty years. Bill has presented his work on project based learning at many national conferences and co-authored a book of classroom activities entitled, Physics with Robotics. At WMSI, Bill loves any opportunity to support STEM education and creative problem solving. His favorite conversations start with “what if” and follow curiosity through an almost endless set of possibilities. Bill loves to get outside with his family and explore New Hampshire’s mountains on foot, on bike, on skis, or even on the side of a cliff. Bill has a BS in Physics from Binghamton University, a MAT in Curriculum and Instruction from Cornell, and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University. Bill has been WMSI’s executive director since its start-up in 2013.
  • Matthew Kuzmeskas, Director of Technology and Systems for Holyoke Public Schools. Matthew P. Kuzmeskas is currently the Director of Technology and Systems for Holyoke Public Schools in Holyoke, MA. Matthew has spent his career in education serving low-income populations in various capacities after starting as a Teach For America (TFA) Corps Member in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Since his time in TFA he has been a Founding Math Teacher at two high performing charter schools; IDEA College Prep in San Juan, TX, and Achievement First in Hartford, CT. He has served as a Found Director at Veritas Prep Charter School in Springfield, MA and an Interim Principal at Van Sickle Academy in Springfield, MA. Both Springfield and Holyoke, MA are low-performing traditional public school districts currently in turnaround. He holds a B.B.A. from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from the Teachers College at Columbia University.

View the webinar recording here.

Access the slide presentation here.