Building a virtual community of practice for K-12 CS teachers

  • Cooper S
  • Grover S
  • Simon B
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Abstract

Improving high school education in computing has the support of many organizations: the National Science Foundation, ACM, Apple, Google, Microsoft, the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), Code.org, and many higher education institutions. Teachers will need assistance to introduce computing to learners in K-12: high-quality curricula, professional development, local administrative support, state standards, state certifications, and other teachers with whom they can interact. How a virtual CoPs, or vCoPs, of computing teachers might be successfully grown was explored by a group of researchers at an NSF-funded workshop at Stanford University in November, 2013. This workshop's final report, Building a Virtual Community of Practice: A Report from a Working Meeting in Support of the CS10K Community, is available from the ACM Digital Library. The Stanford workshop identified a number of needs: 1. Get more input from the K-12 teachers. 2. Leverage real-world CoPs for the vCoP. 3. Produce a toolkit to assist teachers. 4. Metrics to assess the programs and the vCoP.

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  • Steve Cooper

  • Shuchi Grover

  • Beth Simon

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