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Choosing your own adventure: Engaging the new learning society through integrative curriculum design

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In our increasingly data-driven society, it is critical for high school students to learn to integrate computational thinking with other disciplines in solving real world problems. To address this need for the life sciences in particular, we have developed the Bio-CS Bridge, a modular computational system coupled with curriculum integrating biology and computer science. Our transdisciplinary team comprises university and high school faculty and students with expertise in biology, computer
science, and education.
Our approach engages students and teachers in scientific practices using biological data that they can collect themselves, and computational tools that they help to design and implement, to address the real-world problem of
pollinator decline.
Our modular approach to high school curriculum design provides
teachers with the educational flexibility to address national and statewide biology and computer science standards for a wide range of learner types. We are using a teacher- leader model to disseminate the Bio-CS Bridge, whose components will be freely
available online.

Keyphrases: Biology, computational thinking, Computer Science, curriculum, high school, integrative, modular, Real-world problem, standards, transdisciplinary

In: Claudia Urrea (editor). Proceedings of the MIT LINC 2019 Conference, vol 3, pages 188--199

BibTeX entry
  author    = {Elizabeth Ryder and Carolina Ruiz and Shari Weaver and Robert Gegear},
  title     = {Choosing your own adventure:  Engaging the new learning society through integrative curriculum design},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the MIT LINC 2019 Conference},
  editor    = {Claudia Urrea},
  series    = {EPiC Series in Education Science},
  volume    = {3},
  pages     = {188--199},
  year      = {2020},
  publisher = {EasyChair},
  bibsource = {EasyChair,},
  issn      = {2516-2306},
  url       = {},
  doi       = {10.29007/567f}}
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