Design Charrettes for CS

Almost time to start the detailed planning for the 2019-2020 school year and among the things I relearned this summer at CS4Teachers at the UW was design charrettes. This was a lesson worked on with students who do the K12 outreach for HCDE (Human Centered Design & Engineering) program at the U of W and essentially ran like this article https://www.hcde.washington.edu/news/charettes-k-12-outreach. A quick glance around the UW campus found other places like the CBE (College of Built Environments) http://archpac.be.uw.edu/new-student-charrette/ using them as well.

I will start working on the details the week before school starts as I intend to use this as a new student introduction activity in my IB (International Baccalaureate) CS classes. It isn’t because they require that level of expertise, simply that they really lend themselves to organizing and teaching the process and time for designing and implementing a project which is a key for the year for that program.

It would be really cool to put it into play in the regular course, perhaps in outlining a Mobile game interface, mostly because the Marvel App (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.marvelapp) made ALL the difference along with the practice.

Reflection: I learned Design Charrettes a few years ago and yet they didn’t jump out at me as they did now that I wish to have a quick way to provide a fundamental design experience to an entire class without lecturing.

Adolescent Development

I recently attended a well run Professional Development day for CTE teachers within my school district. While everything we did is student focused and data driven, it struck me that we were no longer considering developmental levels, what can be or should be accomplished at each level. Instead we are driven to have every student at every level develop and maintain awareness that only a short time ago would have been considered above their grade/development level.

This article crossed my desk this morning while I wrestle this point of moving everything down until I can only assume a PK student has a career plan, selected my courses, and begun preparing themselves for success on my TSA.

https://www.vox.com/first-person/2019/1/10/18174263/anxiety-kids-burnout

One Thing I Want My Students To Say

I saw this here.  I don’t believe all of this is critical thinking, nor is all of it difficult; however, it certainly does begin to overwhelm me a little, would it be #edushame continued from Educators who no longer are in a classroom? 

I am beginning to think about this topic.  But when I look at this I do wonder how “Thank You” is part of this…and then it begins to spin a little…just a thought from the journal today.

Writing Learning Outcomes

I was reviewing learning outcomes as I am targeting using them more and more for classes.

I ran across this key tip while reviewing another great packt publishing book: Moodle Course Design Best Practices.  Look for it to be published soon

a verb and an impact (“in order to”) phrase.

https://www.library.illinois.edu/staff/infolit/learningoutcomes/