Re: [NYEdTech] Hangout on Air: Teaching Kids to Code

From: Grae D.
Sent on: Friday, August 8, 2014 2:22 PM
Hey Mike, that's a legit concern.  This isn't my field, but I understand seasoned school teachers with extensive experience teaching computer science to kids are pretty rare.  If you fit into this category yourself, are free from 2:45 to 3:30 ET today, and would like to participate I'd be happy to invite you to the panel.  You can reach me directly at [address removed].


On Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 1:59 PM, Mike Zamansky <[address removed]> wrote:
Hey Maurya,

No disrespect to Tom, whom I've never met, but TFA (5 weeks training) then 2 years in the system like saying that someone in the second year of residency is a seasoned doctor. 

There are those of us out there who have been doing this with tremendous success for a long time. You'd think the actual teachers would be acknowledged as the thought leaders in the field.
Mike





On Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 1:51 PM, Maurya Couvares <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi Mike,

Tom Bijesse (who just joined our team at ScriptEd) taught Computer Science at Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology (a NYC DOE school).  I hope he'll be able to help provide the teacher perspective.

Best,
Maurya


On Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 1:33 PM, Mike Zamansky <[address removed]> wrote:

Should be an interesting discussion and if I can I'll listen in, but I'm always amazed that these types of panels (WNYC had one last year as I think did the CSTA) never actually include real educators (that is, teachers who actually have real, long term experience).


Mike




On Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 1:07 PM, Grae Drake <[address removed]> wrote:
Hey everyone, we've been doing weekly hangouts on different software development and education topics for a while now.  This week we're stepping away from the topic of adult, skills-based education and talking with a great panel of edtech folks about a topic near and dear to a lot of our hearts: teaching kids to code.

Our panel today will include:
  • Liza Conrad, Hopscotch
  • Carl Sednaoui, CoderDojo NYC
  • Jeremy Rossman, MakeGameWith.Us
  • Tom Bigesse, ScriptEd
  • Sam Frank, Thinkful (fmr. Teach for America)
You're welcome to join live via hangouts on air if you're free at 3:00pm ET today and join the discussion on our G+ page or on twitter with the hashtag #ThinkTank.  If you can't join live we'll post the recording immediately after we wrap up on the G+ page and YouTube.

Grae

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