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STEAM-Based Interventions in Computer Science: Understanding Feedback Loops in the Classroom

Many organizations are seeking to address the need for greater numbers of computer scientists in the US, and in particular, more women and underrepresented minorities. It is not uncommon to develop curriculum that relies heavily on cutting edge technology and computing tools designed to make computing more compelling. Many curriculum developers are seeking to promote creativity as a part of computing, and often do so using STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) based interventions where the arts play a prominent role in the classroom.

Author/Presenter: 
Roxanne Moore
Michael Helms
Michael Helms
Year: 
2017
Short Description: 
In this paper, authors present the causal loop diagrams developed to explain the relationships between the actors and attributes involved in implementing EarSketch in a particular school setting. The diagram allows us to better make decisions that ensure both an engaging but also effective STEAM-based computing curriculum.

Turn-Taking and Chatting in Collaborative Music Live Coding

Co-located collaborative live coding is a potential approach to network music and to the music improvisation practice known as live coding. A common strategy to support communication between live coders and the audience is the use of a chat window. However, paying attention to simultaneous multi-user actions, such as chat texts and code, can be too demanding to follow. In this paper, we explore collaborative music live coding (CMLC) using the live coding environment and pedagogical tool EarSketch.

Author/Presenter: 
Anna Xambó
Pratik Shah
Gerard Roma
Jason Freeman
Brian Magerko
Year: 
2017
Short Description: 
In this paper, authors explore collaborative music live coding (CMLC) using the live coding environment and pedagogical tool EarSketch. In particular, we examine the use of turn-taking and a customized chat window inspired by the practice of pair programming, a team-based strategy to efficiently solving computational problems.

Authenticity and Personal Creativity: How EarSketch Affects Student Persistence

McKlin, T., Magerko, B., Lee, T., Wanzer, D., Edwards, D., & Freeman, J. (2018). Authenticity and personal creativity: How EarSketch affects student persistence. In Proceedings of the 49th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE 2018). New York, NY: ACM Publications.

Author/Presenter: 
Tom McKlin
Brian Magerko
Taneisha Lee
Dana Wanzer
Doug Edwards
Jason Freeman
Year: 
2018
Short Description: 
This conference paper explains how EarSketch affects student persistence.

Learning With EarSketch

EarSketch is a STEAM learning intervention that combines a programming environment and API for Python and JavaScript, a digital audio workstation, an audio loop library, and a standards-aligned curriculum to teach introductory computer science together with music technology and composition. The creation of EarSketch was driven by three primary motivations: broadening participation in computing, increasing access to music technology education, and evangelizing music-making with technology.
Author/Presenter: 
Jason Freeman
Brian Magerko
Doug Edwards
Morgan Miller
Shelly Engelman
Roxanne Moore
Anna Xambó
Tom McKlin
Year: 
2017
Short Description: 
This article features EarSketch -a STEAM learning intervention that combines a programming environment and API for Python and JavaScript, a digital audio workstation, an audio loop library, and a standards-aligned curriculum to teach introductory computer science together with music technology and composition.

Graphing Research on Inquiry with Data in Science (GRIDS) Curricular Units

Three middle school science curricular units on the topics of genetics, ocean biodiversity & discourse, and solar ovens & design critiques:
Author/Presenter: 
GRIDS
Year: 
2017
Short Description: 
Three middle school science curricular units on the topics of genetics, ocean biodiversity & discourse, and solar ovens & design critiques.
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Family-school partnerships in a context of urgent engagement: Rethinking models, measurement, and meaningfulness

This commentary highlights key themes across the five chapters of this volume, as well as offers specific recommendations concerning future directions for inquiry on the issue of family–school connections. A case is made that in order to advance scientific knowledge of this issue and its application, dialogue is sorely needed that is multidisciplinary, engages mixed methods and emic traditions, and attends to how context shapes family–school connections.

Author/Presenter: 
Christine M. McWayne
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2015
Short Description: 
This commentary highlights key themes across the five chapters of this volume, as well as offers specific recommendations concerning future directions for inquiry on the issue of family–school connections.

Supporting secondary students in building external models to explain phenomena

Supporting Secondary Students in Building External Models is a collaborative project with Michigan State University and the Concord Consortium, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to examine how to support secondary school students in constructing and revising models to explain scientific phenomena and design solutions to problems. This article describes the project and research plans.

Damelin, D., & Krajcik, J. (2016). Supporting secondary students in building external models to explain phenomena. @Concord, 20(1), 10-11.

Author/Presenter: 
Dan Damelin
Joe Krajcik
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2016
Short Description: 
Supporting Secondary Students in Building External Models is a collaborative project with Michigan State University and the Concord Consortium, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to examine how to support secondary school students in constructing and revising models to explain scientific phenomena and design solutions to problems. This article describes the project and research plans.

Monday's lesson: Students making models

This brief article provides an overview of how to use the SageModeler systems modeling tool with an ocean acidification model as an example.

Damelin, D. (2016). Monday's lesson: Students making models. @Concord, 20(2), 7.

Author/Presenter: 
Dan Damelin
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2016
Short Description: 
This brief article provides an overview of how to use the SageModeler systems modeling tool with an ocean acidification model as an example.

Use of physics simulations in whole class and small group settings: Comparative case studies

This study investigates student interactions with simulations, and teacher support of those interactions, within naturalistic high school classroom settings. Two lesson sequences were conducted, one in 11 and one in 8 physics class sections, where roughly half the sections used the simulations in a small group format and matched sections used them in a whole class format.

Author/Presenter: 
A. Lynn Stephens
John J. Clement
Year: 
2015
Short Description: 
This study investigates student interactions with simulations, and teacher support of those interactions, within naturalistic high school classroom settings.

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