In this small-group simulation, participants will design algorithms to process typical school-related topics (no prior knowledge of computer science required!). We will identify characteristics of the best programmers and programs as we review team algorithms. Participants will consider our students’ digitally shaped realities and how these may be experienced differently, based on characteristics of our identity. Participants will have an opportunity to craft a plan for individually responding to the information generated, as well as identifying collective strategies for shaping our future. Strategies for how to use this simulation to improve the engagement and persistence of students from populations underrepresented in Information Technology fields will be shared. Rubrics for teachers to assess their own efficacy with teaching that aligns with culturally sustaining and gender equitable strategies will be shared and discussed.
Siri Anderson, St. Catherine University; Kyle Bracchi, Brooklyn Middle STEAM School