Bringing grades K-5 to the mainstream of computer science education

Katie Apone, Marina Bers, Karen Brennan, Diana Franklin, Maya Israel, Pat Yongpradit

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Abstract

As awareness of computer science education grows in the general public, it is important to showcase computer science education as accessible for all grades K-12 and beyond. As panelists present the projects and research they've been conducting, we will highlight three overarching topics: • The importance of K-5 computer science education to educators of all grade levels, • Thoughts on why K-5 has traditionally been less prominent in the computer science education landscape, and • Strategies on how we, the computer science education community, can promote K-5 computer science education as worthwhile as 6-12+ computer science education. Barriers to why K-5 computer science education is not as prominent as that in grades 6-12, such as scarcity of wide-spread curriculum or scarcity of research, will lead to panelists presenting how their work is rectifying this imbalance. This session's panelists are pioneers and important thought leaders in the K-5 computer science education field. Panelists in this session are either producing research in the K-5 computer science education field or working at a large scale to promote or increase participation of K-5 students in computer science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSIGCSE 2015 - Proceedings of the 46th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
EditorsCarl Alphonce, Adrienne Decker, Kurt Eiselt, Jodi Tims
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages671-672
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781450329668
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 24 2015
Event46th SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2015 - Kansas City, United States
Duration: Mar 4 2015Mar 7 2015

Publication series

NameSIGCSE 2015 - Proceedings of the 46th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education

Other

Other46th SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2015
CountryUnited States
CityKansas City
Period3/4/153/7/15

Keywords

  • Code.org
  • Computer science education
  • Elementary school
  • K-5 curriculum
  • Outreach
  • Professional development
  • Scratch
  • ScratchJr

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)

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    Apone, K., Bers, M., Brennan, K., Franklin, D., Israel, M., & Yongpradit, P. (2015). Bringing grades K-5 to the mainstream of computer science education. In C. Alphonce, A. Decker, K. Eiselt, & J. Tims (Eds.), SIGCSE 2015 - Proceedings of the 46th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (pp. 671-672). (SIGCSE 2015 - Proceedings of the 46th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/2676723.2677332