3:00pm–4:30pm, Wed Mar 22, 2023

Event Details

This presentation will provide an overview of Computer Science (CS) education in HIDOE schools, with an emphasis on Act 158. Passed in 2021, Act 158 mandates that all public schools offer CS courses or content by the 2024-2025 school year. Given these goals, what is the state of CS education in Hawai’i? What efforts are being undertaken to grow and diversify CS learning in the classroom? This presentation will address these questions by sharing insights from the 2022 Act 158 Legislative Report and findings from ongoing research examining the impacts of Act 158 on schools. The session will be of interest to anyone working to support HIDOE as it strives to broaden participation in CS and promote digital literacy.

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Dan Hoffman is an Assistant Professor of Learning Design & Technology (LTEC) at University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. He is the principal investigator of the Advancing Culturally-Relevant Computing project and a former classroom teacher. His research focuses on the design of interactive experiences and their impact on learning and engagement.

Jessica Chillingworth is a PhD student of Learning Design & Technology (LTEC) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in the College of Education. She is currently a graduate assistant in the LTEC department as a Hawaiʻi Education Research Network (HERN) Fellow, helping to conduct research in computer science in partnership with the Hawaiʻi Department of Education.

Brett Tanaka is the Educational Specialist for Computer Science with the Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design (OCID) Digital Design Team (DDT). Brett provides statewide K-12 computer science education-related support.

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