Running an Online Synchronous Culturally Responsive Computing Camp for Middle School Girls

Jaemarie Solyst, Tara Nkrumah, Angela Stewart, Amanda Buddemeyer, Erin Walker, Amy Ogan

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Abstract

Computing education is important for K-12 learners, but not all learners resonate with common educational practices. Culturally responsive computing initiatives center and empower learners from diverse and historically excluded backgrounds. Recently, a number of educational programs have been developed and curated for an online experience. In this paper, we describe an online synchronous culturally responsive computing (CRC) camp for middle school girls (ages 11-14 years old) and report on challenges and successes from running the camp curriculum four times over the course of a year. We also describe core iterative changes we made between our runs. We then discuss lessons learned related to building rapport and connection among learners, centering learners of different backgrounds in an online synchronous environment, and facilitating reflection on power and identity aimed at positioning learners as techno-social change agents. Lastly, we offer recommendations for running online CRC experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationITiCSE 2022 - Proceedings of the 27th ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages158-164
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450392013
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 7 2022
Event27th ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITiCSE 2022 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: Jul 8 2022Jul 13 2022

Publication series

NameAnnual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITiCSE
Volume1
ISSN (Print)1942-647X

Conference

Conference27th ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITiCSE 2022
Country/TerritoryIreland
CityDublin
Period7/8/227/13/22

Keywords

  • computer science camp
  • culturally responsive computing
  • middle school
  • online learning
  • out-of-school time learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Education

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