The Institute for Computing Education at Georgia Tech

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October 20, 2009 – The Institute for Computing Education at Georgia Tech

Description

The Institute for Computing Education (ICE) was created in 2004 in partnership with the Georgia Department of Education. The goals for ICE are to increase the quantity and quality of secondary computing teachers in Georgia and increase the quantity and diversity of computing students. To increase the quantity and diversity of computing teachers we offer teacher workshops and have a new National Science Foundation grant to transform unemployed IT workers into high school computing teachers. To increase the quantity and diversity of computing students we offer computing summer camps, weekend workshops, and afterschool programs.

We also develop and test new ways to teach computing such as Media Computation, LEGO NXT robots, Alice, Scratch, PicoCrickets, Pleo dinosaur robots, and wearable computers. ICE helped revise the computing curriculum in Georgia and helped create a computer science teaching endorsement. In this talk Barb will talk about the ICE programs and give demos of some of the tools that ICE uses to get students excited about computing.

Speaker

Barbara Ericson is the Director of Computing Outreach at Georgia Tech.  She has been working to increase the quantity and quality of secondary computing teachers since 2004.  She creates curricular materials using Media Computation, Alice, Scratch, PicoCrickets, Greenfoot, and LEGO robots.  She offers computing workshops for secondary computing teachers.

Barb has also been working to increase the quantity and diversity of computing students.  To accomplish this she offers weekend computing workshops with the Girl Scouts, after-school workshops with the YWCA and others, and computing summer camps.

Barb is a board member for the Computer Science Teachers Association, is the co-chair of the K-12 Alliance for the National Center for Women in Information Technology, and is on the College Board’s Advanced Placement Development Committee.  She has a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Wayne State University.

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