By Dr. Patricia Moore Shaffer
This month, SEG launches a pilot study with its partner DevTech Research Group at Tufts University in elementary schools in Arkansas and Minnesota. DevTech is leading development and implementation of Coding as Another Language, a comprehensive, high-quality integrated Computer Science curriculum for students K-2. The curriculum is based on the popular ScratchJr app, the first programming language explicitly designed for children 5-7 that utilizes block programming to allow children to create their own imaginative stories and games. SEG is monitoring fidelity of implementation and assessing students for improvements in computational thinking and coding skills, math, and language development. The full-scale study will be launched in 2022 as a randomized controlled trial study in Norfolk Public Schools and is designed to meet What Works Clearinghouse standards for educational research.