The Intersection of Computer Science, EdTech, and Makerspaces

Friday, March 6 8:00 am–8:50 am
TCC - Skagit 2

This session will highlight the interconnected nature of the elementary and middle school Computer Science and Educational Technology standards, and how these can be integrated with a Makerspace program. State leaders and classroom practitioners will share successful practices and helpful resources.

Type: 50-minute Session
Focus Area: Coding, CTE, Makerspace, Professional Development, STEM/STEAM, Teacher Librarian
Skill Level: All levels

Presented by

Dennis Small Dennis Small, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Dennis Small is the Educational Technology Director at the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, where he has worked since 1989. Among his roles and responsibilities at OSPI are developing and updating the state educational technology standards, assistance for district E-rate applications, assisting schools with online assessment, advocating for high-speed bandwidth for schools, improving technology infrastructure equitably through the Computers 4 Kids Program, supporting the K-12 educational use of the K-20 Network, and promoting digital citizenship, media literacy, and Internet safety in schools.

Shannon Thissen Shannon Thissen, OSPI

Shannon Thissen is the Computer Science Program Supervisor for the State of Washington. Her current work is focused on increasing computer science learning opportunities in elementary by introducing computational thinking as a foundation and is developing a Washington State K-2 Microcredential for Computational Thinking to help teachers learn and explore CT in their classrooms.