INFACT: The Inclusion of Neurodiversity in Foundations and Applications of Computational Thinking

Research Study

INFACT is a comprehensive teaching and learning program for learners in grades 3-8. Focused Sequences allow learners to explore the foundations and applications of computational thinking (CT).

INFACT was designed to leverage the assets and support the challenges faced by neurodiverse learners (ND) (e.g., ADHD, autism, or dyslexia), but the materials and supports benefit all learners.

The program involves a variety of CT learning and teaching materials, including games such as Zoombinis, digital interactives, Scratch coding, robot options, and hands-on activities. Embedded supports for executive function (EF) and social-emotional learning (SEL) are included. Many of the INFACT activities are further adaptable based upon each learners’ interests and performance.

Currently, the project is looking to test online logic puzzles with ND individuals in grades 3-8. These entails approx. 45 minutes of online time to complete an EF screener and set of CT logic puzzles and games. Gift card incentives are available.

This fall, INFACT is recruiting classroom teachers for involvement. Participating teachers would use the developed CT classroom materials in between pre and post implementation of the logic puzzles.

Please contact Kelly with interest or for more information at kelly_paulson@terc.edu.

email: kelly_paulson@terc.edu

Published on: May 21, 2021 at 10:44

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