Unlocking potential through inclusive computing education

The Creative Technology Research Lab (CTRL) is an educational research lab at the University of Florida. The primary aim of the CTRL is to investigate how to meaningfully engage all learners in technology-mediated learning with a focus on K-12 computer science and computational thinking.  Our research also extends to school-based outreach and advocacy.

Our Beliefs and Values

Diversity

Learner variability is the norm, not the exception. Diversity is an asset.

Accessibility

All learners deserve engaging and accessible learning opportunities.

Equity

Collaboration, advocacy, and equity drives our research forward.

Our Projects: Advocacy-driven CS Education Research

CS for All: Teaching All Computational Thinking through Inclusion and Collaboration (TACTIC)

TACTIC is an NSF grant investigating ways of making computer science education accessible and engaging to elementary and middle school students with disabilities.

Learning Trajectories for Everyday Computing (LTEC-2)

LTEC-2 is a NSF grant investigating the relationship between elementary mathematics and computational thinking aligned to learning trajectories.

Collaborative Computing Observation Instrument (C-COI)

The C-COI is an observation instrument used in conjunction with video screen capture software. It allows researchers to observe videos of students’ computer screens and listen to their conversations as they engage in computer programming. With the C-COI, researchers can analyze areas such as time on task, students’ collaborative problem solving, behaviors, persistences, and help-seeking/giving behaviors.

Include Neurodiversity in Foundational and Applied Computational Thinking (INFACT)

INFACT will prepare a wide range of learners in grades 3-8, including neurodiverse learners, for successful computer science learning in high school and beyond. INFACT recognizes that each learner brings a unique set of assets and deficits to every learning situation, and by adapting to those strengths and weaknesses we can leverage the talents needed for the workforce of the future.

Integrating CT Across the Curriculum

In a collaborative effort with EDC, and NYU’s Research Alliance for NYC Schools, we are studying different approaches and models for integrating computational thinking into the curriculum including professional development, administrative decision making, and instructional approaches.