What: Day-long exploration and celebration of creative computing
When: Saturday, July 13, 8:30am - 3:00pm
Where: Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Who: You + fellow educators + members of the CCOW Facilitation and ScratchEd Teams at Harvard
Cost: $15, which includes parking, breakfast, and lunch
How: Made possible through funding from Expanding Computing Education Pathways Alliance (ECEP), a National Science Foundation Broadening Participation in Computing Alliance
Using computing creatively -- whether for personal expression or for problem solving -- is something that everybody should be able to do. Scratch is one free tool that supports young people's explorations with creative computing, and educators have an important role to play in supporting these explorations in the classroom and other learning environments.
We hope that you will be able to join us for the Creative Computing Symposium on Saturday, July 13 at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The day-long Symposium is an opportunity to connect with other educators and support each others' learning about creative computing with Scratch.
The Symposium also serves as a capstone event for the Creative Computing Online Workshop (CCOW), which began on June 3 and ends on July 12. More than 1,900 educators from around the world are participating in the workshop, which involves hands-on Scratch activities, interactions with other educators, and reflections on practice. Participation in the Online Workshop is not required to attend the Symposium, but Symposium attendees will benefit from having some basic familiarity with Scratch (for example, by completing the Week 1 activities of CCOW).
The Symposium is something between a conference and a party -- in the spirit of participatory professional development activities like EdCamp and ScratchEd meetups, the Symposium is an opportunity to connect with colleagues and to deepen your learning. The day begins and ends with formal remarks, but the bulk of the day is segmented into several self-organized breakout sessions. At the beginning of the day, we'll decide on the topics that we would like to explore and then break into groups to pursue the learning that we're most excited about. Want to spend more time hands-on with Scratch? Propose or join a group of builders. Want to make plans and get feedback on a Scratch Club? Find like-minded colleagues for a discussion. This day is about you and your learning.
|8:30 - 9:00||Registration|
|9:00 - 10:00||Opening Remarks|
|10:00 - 10:15||Break|
|10:15 - 11:00||Self-Organized Breakout 1|
|11:00 - 11:15||Break|
|11:15 - 12:00||Self-Organized Breakout 2|
|12:00 - 1:00||Lunch|
|1:00 - 1:45||Self-Organized Breakout 3|
|1:45 - 2:00||Break|
|2:00 - 3:00||Closing Keynote by Mitch Resnick (MIT Media Lab)|
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via the Creative Computing discussion forums.
The Creative Computing Symposium is organized by the ScratchEd Team at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
It is sponsored by the Expanding Computing Education Pathways Alliance (ECEP), a National Science Foundation Broadening Participation in Computing Alliance.
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