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Data-Intensive Research in Education: New Opportunities for Making an Impact

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Join a facilitated discussion about the application of data science to education, drawing on a recent NSF-sponsored report. Participants share insights from DR K–12 projects.

9:30 am to 11:00 am
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The Computing Research Association’s report from an NSF-sponsored workshop describes seven next steps for data-intensive research in education:

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ScratchJr: A Coding Language for Kindergarten

Computer programming for young children has grown in popularity among both education researchers and product developers, but still relatively little is known about how to assess and track young children’s learning through coding. This study presents an assessment tool to track Kindergarten through second grade students’ learning after engaging in a programming curriculum. Researchers worked with N=57 Kindergarten through second grade students over seven weeks to implement a curriculum using ScratchJr to introduce concepts of sequencing to create animated stories, collages, and games.

Amanda Strawhacker
Dylan Portelance
Marina Bers
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A paper on the prototype evolution of the ScratchJr programming environment.

Towards ITS Authoring Tool s for Domain Experts

The scarcity of efficient and user-friendly authoring tools has long been acknowledged as a limiting factor in the widespread development and deployment of intelligent tutoring systems (ITSs). Creating an effective authoring tool for domain experts poses two significant challenges: it must facilitate the creation of curricular content by domain experts who are typically neither ITS experts nor software engineers, and it must support the creation or modification of ITS-specific pedagogical strategies without exposing the complexity of the ITS itself to the domain expert.

Robert Taylor
Andy Smith
Samuel Leeman-Munk
Bradford Mott
James Lester
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This paper presents a set of authoring tool design principles such as leveraging UI workflows, collaboration, and automation.


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