Unit 1: The History of CS in Education

This unit is designed to give an overview of the history of Computer Science (CS) in Education. You will be exposed to the extremely influential writings and thoughts of Seymour Papert and Alan Kay. Then you will engage with recent revisionist histories by Joy Lisi Rankin and Brian Dear (and even witness a heated debate between them).

For this unit, you will do do some readings, watch some videos, play with some coding software. Along the way, you will leave breadcrumbs in the form of blog posts (here on Pace Commons) of your journeys.

This unit will last two weeks and will look like this:

 

1. Week 1 - Seymour Papert and Alan Kay (and their legacies).

 

For this week, you will do the readings, watch the videos, and play with the software here (Seymour Papert) and here (Alan Kay). As you read, consider these guiding questions:

a. How have Papert and Kay shaped the world of computing in education (or not)?

b. Has their legacy lasted?

c. What seems still relevant and/or outdated about their work and thinking?

Then, you will follow these guidelines for writing your responses. Your blog posts are due by Monday, February 10th. Be sure to use the tag: #cs4teachersunit12020

 

2. Week 2 - Revising/Uncovering History

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For this week, you will do the readings and watch the videos here (Rankin) and here (Dear). Then, read the online debate between Rankin and Dear here. As you watch and read, consider these guiding questions:

 

a. What did you learn about the history of CS from these two authors?

b. What, if anything, surprised you about what you learned?

c. What are you taking away from their debate?

Now, it's your turn to respond. Follow these guidelines for writing your responses. Your blog posts are due by Monday, February 17th. Be sure to use the tag: #cs4teachersunit12020

CS for Teachers Spring 2020

CS for Teachers Spring 2020

Here is the online home for CS for Teachers at Pace University for Spring 2020.