DEPICT - Developing Elementary (learning) Progressions in Computational Thinking

The purpose was the DEPICT project was to develop learning progressions for elementary school students learning computational thinking. We made progress on that front through a series of publications. In addition, we ended up researching the challenges and affordances in curriculum, development environments and programming languages for this age group.

In addition, learning can only be studied in the context of a curriculum. We designed a curriculum KELP CS to teach introductory programming concepts in the upper-elementary school classroom.

Publications related to Learning Progressions
Franklin, D., Skifstad, G., Rolock, R., Mehrotra, I., Ding, V., Hansen, A., Weintrop, D., Harlow, D. Using Upper-Elementary Student Performance to Understand Conceptual Sequencing in a Blocks-based Curriculum SIGCSE '17 Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, Seattle, WA, March 2017.
Hansen, A., Franklin, D., Harlow, D. User-Centered Design in Block-Based Programming: Developmental & Pedagogical Considerations for Children ACM SIGCHI Interactive Design for Children, Manchester, UK, June 2016.
Franklin, D., Hill, C., Dwyer, H., Iveland, A., Hansen, A., Harlow, D. Initialization in Scratch: Seeking Knowledge Transfer, Proceedings of the Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), SIGCSE 2016, Memphis, TN, March 2016.
Hansen, A., Dwyer, H., HIll, C., Iveland, A., Martinez, D., Harlow, D., Franklin, D. Interactive Design by Children: A Construct Map for Programming. In Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Interaction Design and Children, Short paper, Boston, MA, June 2015.
Dwyer, H., Hill, C., Patterson, S., Harlow, D., Franklin, D., Identifying Elementary Students' Pre-Instructional Ability to Develop Algorithms and Step-by-Step Instructions, In Proceedings of the Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), Atlanta, GA, March 2014.
Publications related to Curriculum Design, Development Environments, Language
Hansen, A., Dwyer, H., Iveland, A., Talesfore, M., Wright, L., Harlow, D., Franklin, D. >Assessing Children's Understanding of the Work of Computer Scientists: The Draw-a-Computer-Scientist Test SIGCSE '17 Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, Seattle, WA, March 2017.
Hansen, A., Dwyer, H., Franklin, D., Harlow, D. What is a Computer Scientist? Developing the Draw-A-Computer-Scientist Test for Elementary School Students, 2016 AERA Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, May 2016.
Hansen, A., Dwyer, H., Hansen, C., Franklin, D., Harlow, D. Differentiating for Diversity: Using Universal Design for Learning in K-6 Computer Science Education, Proceedings of the Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), SIGCSE 2016, Memphis, TN, March 2016.
Dwyer, H., Hill, C., Hansen, A., Iveland, A., Franklin, D., Harlow, D. Fourth Grade Students Reading Block-Based Programs: Predictions, Visual Cues, and Affordances. In Proceedings of the International Computing Education Research Conference, ICER 2015, Omaha, NB, August 2015.
Hansen, A., Iveland, A., Dwyer, H. Franklin, D. and Harlow, D. (in press). Programming science digital stories: Computer science and engineering design in the science classroom. In Science and Children.
Harlow, D., Dwyer, H., Leak, A., Killian, A., Hill, C., Iveland, A., Franklin, D., (in press). Computer programming in Elementary and MIddle School: Connections across Content. In Improving K-12 STEM educational outcomes through technological integration, Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
Dwyer, H., Hill, C., Iveland, A., Killian, A., Franklin, D., Harlow, D. Programming Languages and Discourse: Investigating the Linguistic Context in Learning Computer Science during Elementary School In 2015 AERA Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, May 2015.
Hill, C., Dwyer, H., Martinez, T. Iveland, A., Killian, A., Harlow, D., Franklin, D., Floors and Flexibility: Designing a programming environment for 4th-6th grade classrooms In Proceedings of the Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), Kansas City, MO, March 2015.
Franklin, D., Hill, C., Dwyer, H., Iveland, A., Killian, A., Harlow, D. Getting Started in Teaching and Researching Computer Science in the Elementary Classroom SIGCSE '15 Proceedings of the 46th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education Kansas City, MO, March 2015.