Professional Development Sessions
The Building Systems from Scratch project has hosted three summer professional development sessions since 2015, when we piloted the program for 8th graders in a Boston area school system. Participating teachers have explored climate systems and systems thinking, principles of game design, and computational thinking practices. They have critiqued student games and created games themselves. They have discussed how participatory pedagogy supports student-centered learning and which instructional strategies encouraged distributed expertise.
For an overview of teachers’ experiences, please click to view this PowerPoint presentation.
Our work has shown that teachers with little computing experience can successfully implement the programming and game design elements of the modules, because the curriculum promotes distributed expertise among students through online search strategies, curricular resources, and public recognition of student experts among their peers.
There are three professional development sessions you can access here:
- Session One: Accessing and exploring Scratch
- Session Two: Building Scratch experience
- Session Three: Debugging, critiquing student games, creating a game with a partner