Sun 4 Nov 2018 11:10 - 11:20 at Beacon Hill - Empowerment & Broadening Participation

Computational action, by which learners are given opportunities to build projects with real-world applicability, is, we argue, a preferable way to engage young people in learning how to program computers. Mobile computing, as the dominant form-factor of computing currently, provides an especially meaningful opportunity for youth to create these projects. Meanwhile, platforms with powerful abstractions, that make operations that might otherwise be difficult simple, build student capability to create projects that enhance their computational action.

Sun 4 Nov
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11:00 - 12:00: Empowerment & Broadening ParticipationBLOCKS+ at Beacon Hill
11:00 - 11:10
Talk
Broadening Participation in Computer Science through Block Programming
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Beryl HoffmanElms College, Ralph MorelliTrinity College, Jennifer RosatoCollege of St. Scholastica
Pre-print
11:10 - 11:20
Talk
Reducing the Barriers for Computational Action: How Blocks-Based Programming Can Support Digital Empowerment
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Mike TissenbaumUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champain, Josh SheldonMIT App Inventor, Hal AbelsonMIT
Pre-print
11:20 - 11:28
Other
Themed Session 2: Whole-group discussions
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11:28 - 11:31
Talk
Educational Robotics with a Twist
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Hamid ZareGraduate Student, Miklos MarotiAssociate Professor, Akos LedecziVanderbilt University
Pre-print
11:31 - 11:34
Talk
A Blocks-Based Approach to Internet of Things in MIT App Inventor
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Wen XiHong Kong Polytechnic University, Evan W PattonMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Pre-print
11:34 - 11:37
Talk
DevTech Lab - KIBO and ScratchJr Demo
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Catherine CowellTufts University, Hannah RiehlTufts University, Marina Umaschi BersTufts University
Pre-print
11:37 - 11:40
Talk
CloudDB in MIT App Inventor
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11:40 - 12:00
Other
Themed Session 2: Breakout discussions and demos/posters
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