WTM/IWD Special: CS Education & Android

GDG Silicon Valley
Wed, Mar 2, 2016, 6:00 PM (PST)

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6:00-7:00pm Networking and light food

7:00-7:10pm Announcements

7:10-7:20pm Lightning Talk Technology in Education - Rosemary Jammal

7: 20-7:50 Computer Science Education at Google - Jennifer Wang 

7:50- 8:20 Training People with No Coding Experience to Build Android Apps -  Katherine Kuan

8:20-9:00 Q&A

Abstract/Speaker Bios: 

Computer Science Education at Google

President Obama recently announced the #CS4All initiative to provide every student in the U.S. with the opportunity to learn computer science.  This builds on the momentum of many organizations, advocates, educators, and researchers in the space who have worked to broaden computer science for students all over the world.  This talk will cover some of the programs and resources Google provides for computer science, including our foundational research on computer science education.  See g.co/csedu for more information.

Jennifer Wang is the Computer Science Education Outreach Program Manager on Google’s K-12/Pre-Uni Education Outreach Team.  At Google, she works to advance research and opportunities in computer science education.  Her background is in teaching, developing, and researching engineering and computer science activities and the impacts of open-ended tinkering activities on STEM/CS learning.  She obtained her Ph.D. in the Graduate Group in Science and Mathematics Education (focusing on Engineering Education), B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Training People with No Coding Experience to Build Android Apps

Learning Android development was traditionally a skill that could only be learned if you had a strong Java or computer science background. Through the creation of the Udacity Android for Beginners course targeted, people with no programming experience can learn how to create several simple Android apps. Katherine will describe the challenges and lessons learned from creating this course, the trade-offs between MOOCs and in-person classroom training, as well as how Android development can empower people to improve their communities.  

Katherine Kuan is a Developer Advocate at Google who creates training content to help people become Android developers. Before that, she was a software engineer on the Android Apps team at Google, working on apps like Google Keep and Google Play

Technology in Education: Perspective of a Teacher, Student, and Engineer
Rosemary Jammal is a software engineer at Google, but before she ever learned to code, she was a high school math teacher. She saw first hand some of the challenges students and teachers face in education. When she was learning to code, she did so almost entirely with online resources, such as Coursera and Codecademy. She learned a lot of lessons about education from these non-traditional MOOCs and self paced classes. Rosemary will share a few of her insights from teaching and comment on how technology is well suited to address some of the challenges in education.


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