Creative Technologies Research Lab

Our Projects

Teaching All Computational Thinking through Inclusion and Collaboration (Project TACTIC)

Through a National Science Foundation STEM+C grant, Drs. Maya Israel, George Reese, and Cinda Heeren in collaboration with Champaign Unit 4 school district are studying ways of making computer science education more accessible and engaging to elementary and middle school students with disabilities.

Collaborative Computing Observation Instrument

The C-COI is an observation instrument used in conjunction with video screen capture software. It allows researchers to observe videos of students' the computer screens and listen to their conversations as they engage in computer programming. With the C-COI, researchers can analyze areas such as time on task, students' collaborative problem solving, social behaviors, persistences, and help seeking/giving behaviors.

Learning Trajectories for Everyday Computing

The University of Chicago’s Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Education have an NSF STEM+C Track 1 Exploratory Integration project to create prototype learning trajectories for integrated computer science and mathematics at Grades K-5. We are creating these learning trajectories to align with the Everyday Mathematics 4 (EM4) curriculum, the elementary curriculum from the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project.

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Ctrl-Shift is a professional and social group comprised of faculty and staff at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, K-12 school practitioners, community members, and entrepreneurs. We gather to discuss and celebrate computer science in the K-12 schools as well as support and research school-based implementation of computational thinking.

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