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Computer Science Educators Wanted: How This New Program Is Addressing the Shortage – EdSurge News

  • Public-private partnerships are one way to address the nation-wide shortage of computer science-trained educators, and the latest comes in the form of STEMpath, a new graduate-level educator certification program that isn’t quite a master’s degree.
  • Only a handful of states require a CS certification to teach Advanced Placement (AP) CS courses, but Melissa Risteff, a strategist on the STEMpath leadership team, points out that beyond the AP realm states are requiring that every district and school provide CS, thus the growing need for qualified educators….
  • According to Kellie Lauth, CEO of mindSpark Learning (founded by the Morgridge Family Foundation), demand is high for teachers with CS training, and the shortage of sufficiently trained educators is real.
  • Computer science education is the foundation for our future tech workforce, yet the shortage of educators continues to grow, says Monica Coughlin, interim president and CEO at Colorado Technology Association.
  • Lauth explains that most CS teacher preparation programs require a masters degree, or significant time spent in industry, to qualify to teach computer science.

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Computer Science Educators Wanted: How This New Program Is Addressing the Shortage – EdSurge News

Train Your Students to Think Like Researchers

  • While reading Katrina Schwartzs article titled How Helping Students to Ask Better Questions Can Transform Classrooms, I was struck by the line many older students have forgotten how to ask their own questions about the world, afraid that if they wonder they will be wrong.
  • The Right Question Institute published a resource on theQuestion Formulation Technique that teachers can access if they want to learn how to support their students in generating questions to drive research and learning.
  • As a doctoral student in the middle of what feels like endless research, I believe it is valuable to teach students to extend theirdata collection beyond an online search.
  • Gathering their own data to complement online research has the following benefits: – – Thanks to technology and the internet, it is easier than ever for students to collect their own data.
  • Students can: – – If students learn how to generate questions and conduct research to answer those questions, they are more likely to take that researcher mindset into the world and continue learning long after they have left our classrooms.

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Not All Screen Time Is Created Equal

  • I want them to play sports, get lost in great books, collect bugs in our backyard, and engage with one another creating art projects, choreographing dance numbers, and playing good old fashioned board games.
  • As I write this, I do appreciate the irony of the tech enthusiast educator resenting my own childrens clear adoration of technology.
  • In the context of my own childrenages 8 and 10, I realize that I have zero problem with my daughter spending large quantities of time on the Chromebook when she is creating something.
  • When I asked her what inspired the project, she said she learned how to use Google Slides in technology class and wanted to teach people about pangolins.
  • My child wanted to teach other people by creating a dynamic presentation.

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Not All Screen Time Is Created Equal