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Wednesday, November 14 • 2:55pm - 3:45pm
Integration of Computational Thinking into Math and Science Curriculum Materials

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In recognition of the fact that digital literacy and computer science knowledge and skills are rapidly entering the realm of foundational knowledge for all K–12 students, Massachusetts was among the first states in the country to have released Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS) standards. While DLCS competencies are clearly critical for students’ academic and career futures, many educators in the elementary grades will find it challenging to address these standards if they feel they need to add a new subject area to their already jam-packed instructional time.

This session will share the work of one project that is addressing the challenge by integrating standards from the computational thinking DLCS strand into math and science lessons. This project is a collaboration between Education Development Center (EDC), Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), and teachers from 15 school districts throughout the state.

In this session, attendees will get a brief introduction to computational thinking, engage in a computational thinking-rich activity, and have a chance to explore and discuss an integrated science-computational thinking task from one of the project-developed lessons. Anne DeMallie, DESE’s Computer Science and STEM Integration Specialist, will be on hand to discuss the DLCS standards and their implementation with attendees.


Marian Pasquale

Senior Research Scientist, Education Development Center (EDC)


Anne DeMallie

Computer Science and STEM Integration Specialist, MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Kristine Thayer

Teacher (Grade 3), Glenwood Elementary School, Rutland, MA

Kevin Waterman

Project Director, Education Development Center (EDC)

Wednesday November 14, 2018 2:55pm - 3:45pm EST
Grand Ballroom South

Attendees (9)