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  1. Cheri Fancsali
  2. https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/people/cheri-fancsali
  3. Deputy Director
  4. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  5. Research Alliance for NYC Schools at NYU, New York University
  1. Stephen Gillman
  2. http://www.maker-state.com
  3. Executive Director
  4. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  5. MakerState
  1. Roger Horton
  2. Managing Director
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Schools That Can
  1. Sarah Klevan
  2. Senior Researcher
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Learning Policy Institute
  1. Zitsi Mirakhur
  2. Assistant Professor
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. University of Kentucky, Research Alliance for NYC Schools at NYU
  1. Edgar Rivera Cash
  2. New York University
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Research Alliance for NYC Schools at NYU

The Maker Partnership: A research practice partnership

NSF Awards: 1742320

2021 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6

This video describes the Maker Partnership project, a research practice partnership (RPP) that developed and tested a professional development model and materials to support elementary teachers’ integration of computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) into their science classrooms. We explain the theory behind maker pedagogy as an effective approach for integrating CS/CT into science, describe the PD model, materials and project activities, and summarize teacher and student reactions to the project. Participating teachers describe the benefit of the maker approach and how they and their students have benefited from the project. Video footage shows teachers participating in the Maker Partnership professional development. 

 

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Discussion from the 2021 STEM For All Video Showcase (15 posts)
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    Cheri Fancsali

    Lead Presenter
    Deputy Director
    May 10, 2021 | 05:14 p.m.

    Hello and thank you for visiting our video about the Maker Partnership. The Maker Partnership is a Research Practice Partnership that designed and tested a teacher capacity building model for integrating CS and computational thinking into elementary science.  

    Please let us know if you have questions about our work. We would also love to know if you are doing similar work.  

     
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    DeLene Hoffner

    Facilitator
    Lead Teacher
    May 11, 2021 | 12:03 a.m.

    I enjoyed your video. Your Maker Partnership seems very successful.  Can you tell me what your top learning has been for your partnership? 

     
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    Cheri Fancsali

    Lead Presenter
    Deputy Director
    May 11, 2021 | 10:29 a.m.

    Thank you for your note! We are still analyzing data and writing up our results, but one of the key findings was that our model of PD and supports provided teachers with the knowledge they need to integrate CS/CT into science.  Characteristics of in-person PD that teachers found to be particularly effective were: active learning, modeling of lessons and pedagogical approaches, guided practice in learning new CS/CT skills, and time for teacher planning and collaboration. Teachers also benefitted from one-on-one coaching, and access to coaches via phone and email as needed.

    Teachers reported that one of the biggest challenges to integrating CS/CT into science instruction is finding time within students' schedules to fit in CS/CT activities. Our elementary students often have only a few periods per week of science, and teachers need to get through a lot of material in those times.

    What's been your experience with integrating CS/CT into subject areas?

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    DeLene Hoffner

    Facilitator
    Lead Teacher
    May 11, 2021 | 04:05 p.m.

    My experience it is very effective to  integrate CS/CT into other subject areas.  When you look at STEM, it isn't always a "T" technology lesson to tie that into STEM.  Best practices would be a natural integration with science, engineering and math so it may be use of CS to represent data, or create a model using a program but it also can be use of other technologies that are available from simple machines to more complex equipment like a 3-D printer.  

     
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    Cheri Fancsali

    Lead Presenter
    Deputy Director
    May 12, 2021 | 09:19 a.m.

    Great points!  In this project, we integrated CS/CT into science through tools like Scratch. For example, students built Scratch programs that modeled/demonstrated scientific phenomena like the water cycle.

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    Myriam Steinback

    Facilitator
    Independent Consultant
    May 11, 2021 | 02:42 p.m.

    You mention a really important challenge: incorporating CS/CT into science into elementary education when time for science is limited and in some cases doesn't exist... how have you been able to make the case to schools for the importance of your goal? I'm thinking that particularly in this time of extensive virtual learning, and the many practical uses of maker spaces for student learning, this would be such an important part of student learning...

     
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    Cheri Fancsali

    Lead Presenter
    Deputy Director
    May 12, 2021 | 09:16 a.m.

    I agree! Our practice-side partners (Schools That Can and MakerState) were very intentional about showing teachers the alignment between CS/CT skills and practices, NGSS, and the concepts and skills taught through the school science curriculum for each lesson. They also met with school administrators to make the case that these practices reinforced each other.  Thank you for your comment!  

     
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    Roger Horton

    Co-Presenter
    Managing Director
    May 12, 2021 | 12:32 p.m.

    You ask an excellent question! As Cheri noted, we made a point in our PD sessions with teachers to demonstrate how the CS & CT skills students learn when coding with Scratch, and building simulations of natural phenomena using Scratch, align very well with NGSS. Students' coding projects directly empowered students to apply their science learning with plenty of room for creativity and collaboration. We focused on making those connections with teachers to ensure they saw the benefits and were excited to build the CS/CT into their science teaching. While we did meet with administrators and shared regular updates, one lesson we learned is that over a two-year program it is important to get administrators to recommit to the program over the intervening summer, even if they had already committed to taking part for the full two years.

     
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    Josie Melton

    Facilitator
    Post-Doctoral Researcher and Senior Instructor
    May 11, 2021 | 05:26 p.m.

    Thanks for sharing! The PD model seems very supportive in preparing teachers to implement pedagogies and activities that are new to them. I am wondering if there are plans to follow participants after project funding has ended to see if they are still finding time to integrate these CS/CT activities?

    Also, I am curious about what grade levels project participants taught - Was there a range of K-5 teachers, or mostly upper elementary grades represented?

     
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    Cheri Fancsali

    Lead Presenter
    Deputy Director
    May 12, 2021 | 08:48 a.m.

    Thank you for your questions! The teachers in our project taught grades 3 to 5.  Some were subject-area or cluster teachers (e.g., science/technology/CS teachers) and some were grade-level teachers who taught all subjects. Unfortunately, we don't have funding to follow teachers this year, though I agree it would be really important to do so. Our RPP is currently seeking funding to expand our work to include schoolwide integration of CS/CT into subject areas. 

     
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    Josie Melton
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    DeLene Hoffner

    Facilitator
    Lead Teacher
    May 13, 2021 | 09:37 a.m.

    Bravo to all for this wonderful discussion! Thank you for viewing and adding your questions and expertise. Please share the STEM Showcase with others so they can participate in the discussion too. Let's get more educators involved in viewing these top projects. Voting and discussion ends on May 18th at 8PM EDT. (but viewing is open anytime) https://stemforall2021.videohall.com/

     

    For presenters, what are your next steps going forward?

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    Roger Horton

    Co-Presenter
    Managing Director
    May 13, 2021 | 01:17 p.m.

    Thanks DeLene. The analysis of the data we gathered in the Maker Partnership continues, and our RPP is currently seeking funding to expand our work to include school-wide integration of CS/CT into subject areas. 

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    Emilie Oesterlin

    Graduate Student
    May 13, 2021 | 12:29 p.m.

    Hi, I really enjoyed watching your video! While watching, I noticed the use of some small robots, would you be able to tell me what those are? In our project we also use robots and I would love to look more into these!

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    Roger Horton

    Co-Presenter
    Managing Director
    May 13, 2021 | 01:15 p.m.

    Sure, Emilie. Those are Ozobots! We had a great time with them - definitely encourage you to check them out. They can be used for both "physical" coding using colors and with block-based commands.

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    Emilie Oesterlin

    Graduate Student
    May 13, 2021 | 03:37 p.m.

    Hi Roger. Great, thank you so much! I will definitely check them out. Very cool!

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