Once Upon a Tech is a podcast exploring the intersection of literacy and technology with K-12 educators Ms. Fitz and Miss-Bit.
Chapter Forty-eight: We talk with David Levi, Inventor and Founder at MicroKits about exploring electronics through play
Have you seen a little green cassette taking over your social media feed recently? That’s a Synth-a-Sette, one of the delightful inventions from MicroKits. The stars aligned (and electric fields combined) for our interview with MicroKit inventor David Levi. Hear from David himself about falling in love with electronics, life as an inventor and entrepreneur, what it’s like to see your hard work go viral, and his vision of circuit creation for all! Find resources here.
Chapter Forty-seven: Camilo Vieira teaches, researches, and provides professional development for CS education on a global scale
Camilo Viera is a computer science equity superhero. He’s providing evidence-based professional learning opportunities to educators in Columbia and beyond - and now, through the Global Center for Equitable CS Education, his work is more impactful than ever. Want to take your first steps into CS education? Camilo has three suggestions for you. Hear those suggestions - and more of Camilo’s inspiring story - on today’s episode. Find resources here.
Chapter Forty-six: We talk with Brian Wright, Associate Professor in the School of Data Science at UVA
What if you had the opportunity to create a new STEM field? To influence the way future leaders approach and facilitate a growing skillset and field? That’s a lot of pressure - and today’s guest, Brian Wright, is thriving under that pressure. Listen to learn about Brian’s work building the Data Science School at the University of Virginia, putting together the liberal art degree for the data age! Find resources here.
Chapter Forty-five: CS Ready, change-making in our education system, and emPOWERment
Sometimes an organization is just so interesting, you need two episodes to get all the juicy details. Today, we reconnect with CodeVA and chat with Jessica Lawson, CS Ready Schools program specialist, and Kristin Hott, Engagement Strategist, about their CS Ready Schools initiative and so many other ways they are empowering students and teachers through computer science education! Listen to find out how YOU can get this incredible support for incorporating CS into your school for FREE. Find resources here.
Episode 11: Exploring elementary students’ understanding of CS concepts with Feiya Luo and Wei Yan
The goal of this blog and podcast series is to bring CS education research into the K-8 classroom. In this episode, I take a deep dive into exploring elementary students’ understanding of computer science and computational thinking concepts with Feiya Luo and Wei Yan. Feiya is an Assistant Professor in Instructional Technology at the University of Alabama and Wei is a Ph.D. candidate from the University of Florida, majoring in Educational Technology. Find resources here.
Chapter Forty-four: We talk with Kakim Fung and his former student and now teacher colleague, Harold Aquino-Guzman
What is it like to teach alongside your former mentor? In this episode we interview Kakim Fung and his former student and now teacher colleague, Harold Aquino-Guzman. Kakim is a computer science, mathematics, English, and history teacher at George Wythe High School. He is on a mission: to give every student in the Richmond City Public Schools the opportunity to earn an associate degree while in high school. Harold is a former student of Kakim’s who struggled academically in middle school, but with Kakim’s guidance, went on to earn over 100 college credits during his high school career. He graduated high school in 2021 and earned his bachelor’s degree in math in 2022. These two make an incredible pair - you won’t want to miss this story! Find resources here.