Once Upon a Tech
Once Upon a Tech is a podcast exploring the intersection of literacy and technology with Ms. Fitz, Sarah FitzHenry and Miss-Bit, Kim Wilkens.
Chapter Thirty-two: 2021 Reflections with Sarah and Kim
Dec 30 2021
Chapter Thirty-two: 2021 Reflections with Sarah and Kim
It’s almost 2022! Time to reflect on 2021, Once Upon a Tech Style… with guessing games, challenges, and a good old fashioned lightning round :) Thanks for listening this year, and for being a part of our community at the intersection of technology and literacy. We’re so glad you’re here! PS: We want to know - if you had to choose one word to describe YOUR 2021, what would it be?? Find resources here.
Dec 30 2021
Chapter Thirty-one: We talk with Kala Somerville, Executive Director of C4K
What does the executive director of a nonprofit organization do? How does a nonprofit organization grow and change to meet the evolving needs of a community? What does it feel like to be at the helm of a community nonprofit organization navigating a global pandemic? We went all in with the BIG questions for our interview with Kala Somerville, Executive Director of beloved Charlottesville nonprofit C4K. And even though there were no softballs in the mix, Kala hit it out of the park! Don’t miss this interview’s sneak peek behind the curtain at how organizations like C4K operate and work to make the world a better place. Find resources here.
Dec 9 2021
Episode 7: Formative Assessment in K-8 CS with Shuchi Grover
The goal of this blog and podcast series is to bring CS education research into the K-8 classroom. In this episode, I take a deep dive into two papers: Designing an Assessment for Introductory Programming Concepts in Middle School Computer Science (2020) and Assessing Algorithmic & Computational Thinking in K-12: Lessons from a Middle School Classroom (2017) with Shuchi Grover. She is a learning scientist and computer science and STEM education researcher. Shuchi's research is primarily centered on computational thinking, CS education, and STEM learning in the PK-14 years with a focus on the design of curriculum, assessments, tools, and environments. Find resources here.
Nov 30 2021
Episode 6: Equitable CS teaching strategies with Luther Tychonievich
The goal of this blog and podcast series is to bring CS education research into the K-8 classroom. In this episode, I take a deep dive into two papers: Tapestry Workshops: Helping High School Teachers Grow and Diversify Computing and Lessons Learned from Providing Hundreds of Hours of Diversity Training with Luther Tychonievich. He is an Associate Professor of CS at the University of Virginia. I first met Luther when he got involved with the CS Institute in 2019, helping us bring the equitable CS teaching strategies he talks about in this episode to K-8 teachers. Find resources here.
Nov 15 2021
Chapter Thirty: We talk with Eric Bredder about his path to becoming a PhD student & so much more!
This week’s podcast guest is: A. teacher, technology enthusiast, and reader B. student, problem solver, and creative thinker C. maker, a developer, and a lifelong learner D. All of the above The answer is… D! We’re so excited to introduce you to Eric Bredder, a PhD student at the UVA School of Education. Eric is a passionate educator who loves teaching - and because of that, he’s determined to change the system. From expanding the definition of literacy to giving tips for stubborn 3D printers, we asked Eric about it all! Find resources here.
Nov 10 2021
Episode 5: From researcher to edtech entrepreneur with Tom Lauwers
The goal of this blog and podcast series is to bring CS education research into the K-8 classroom. In this episode, I take a deep dive into two papers: Robot Diaries: Broadening Participation in the Computer Science Pipeline through Social Technical Exploration and Designing the Finch: Creating a Robot Aligned to Computer Science Concepts with Tom Lauwers. He is the founder and CEO of Birdbrain Technologies. Find resources here.
Nov 1 2021
Episode 4: Elementary and middle school as a path to future CS with Michelle Friend
In this episode, I take a deep dive into two papers: Middle school girls’ envisioned future in computing and Bricklayer: Elementary Students Learn Math through Programming and Art with Michelle Friend. She is an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Nebraska Omaha. I first met Michelle through the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) where she is a founding and current board member. Find resources here.
Oct 14 2021
Chapter Twenty-nine: We talk with Isabel about her love of books and computer science
October 11 is International Day of the Girl and what better way to celebrate than to share our interview with Isabel Humphreys, a junior in high school, who loves books & computer science. She is helping bridge the gender gap in STEM by mentoring young women to help them see a place for themselves in STEM. Isabel started her journey into computer science in elementary school and a note for all you parents and educators out there, encouragement is key. In high school, she challenges herself to speak up & set a tone for inclusivity in her majority-male classes. Isabel is also one of the most passionate and accomplished readers Ms. Fitz has ever taught! Find resources here.
Oct 11 2021
Episode 3: Supporting Diverse Learners in K-8 Computational Thinking with Jean Salac
In this episode, I take a deep dive into two papers: TIPP&SEE: A Learning Strategy to Guide Students through Use–>Modify Scratch Activities and Supporting Diverse Learners in K-8 Computational Thinking with TIPP&SEE with Jean Salac. Jean is a Computer Science PhD candidate and NSF Graduate Fellow at the University of Chicago's CANON Lab working with Professor Diana Franklin. She has a passion for CS instruction that is accessible and effective for people from under-served communities, making computing accessible for everyone and closing the digital divide. Find resources here.
Oct 4 2021
Episode 2: Continuous CS professional development with Jared O’Leary
The goal of this blog and podcast series is to bring CS education research into the K-8 classroom. In this episode, I take a deep dive into the paper Measuring the effect of continuous professional development on elementary teachers’ self-efficacy to teach coding and computational thinking with one it’s authors Jared O’Leary. Jared is the Director of Education and Research at BootUp. BootUp is a non-profit that provides professional development (PD) to K-8 educators at a district level. They take a continuous PD approach which means their goal is to work with teachers several times throughout the year, over a 2-3 year span. Find resources here.
Sep 20 2021
Chapter Twenty-eight: We talk to Laura Hilliger, writer, educator, technologistic, Open Org ambassador, and 2020 Women in IT Digital Leader of the Year!
Are transparency, inclusivity, adaptability, collaboration, and community important to you? If so, you might be ready to work in the open! But what does “open” really mean, and what does it mean to work in the open as a teacher, an administrator, technologist...or really anyone? We talk with Laura Hilliger, an Open Org ambassador, about characteristics of open organizations, and how she’s looking to help them change the world. Find resources here.
Sep 15 2021
Episode 1: Anatomy of a research paper with Jennie Chiu
Episode 1 in the Bringing CS Education Research into K-8 Classrooms series. This series is all about taking a deeper dive into current K-8 CS education research, so in this first episode Kim Wilkens, EdD student, and her advisor Dr. Jennifer Chiu, Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Virginia, take a look at the anatomy of a research paper. Find resources here.
Sep 3 2021
Chapter Twenty-seven: We talk with Tricia Howell, Recruitment & Retention Coordinator at C4K
We caught up with Tricia Howell, Recruitment & Retention Coordinator at C4K, to learn how they use the power of teens and mentors learning shoulder to shoulder to create a space where community and opportunity can flourish. C4K has been serving the Charlottesville community for 20+ years! Learn more about their amazing programing, and how you can get involved! (We can confirm: It is 👍💯) Find resources here.
Jun 2 2021
Chapter Twenty-six: Time flies!
Summer is almost here! Sarah & Kim catch up on their most recent adventures, and share some big news about what’s coming up next. Plus info about cool new opportunities to connect! Find resources here.
May 28 2021
Chapter Twenty-five: March is Women’s History Month!
March is Women’s History Month! We are celebrating with ALL THINGS women: intersectional feminism, International Women’s Day, and tons of resources for diving in and getting your women’s history on. Plus, a love letter to MozFest, our favorite (and very feminist) conference; and Ms. Fitz rants about why women’s history is NOT just for girls. Who run the world? Listen and find out! Find resources here.
Mar 8 2021
Chapter Twenty-four: Our first episode highlighting books also celebrates Black History Month
When we first started the podcast, we always intended to highlight the books that we love and that make us think. You have heard us sprinkling references to them throughout different episodes, but the big moment is finally here: We’re happy to share our first BOOK EPISODE! Insert Ms. Fitz’s happy dance here. Hopefully, this is the first of many. As we acknowledge and celebrate Black History Month, we are highlighting two books: Subtle Acts of Exclusion: How to Understand, Identify, and Stop Microaggressions by Tiffany Jana and Michael Baran and Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Have you read either of these titles? What books are inspiring you this month? Find resources here.
Feb 16 2021
Chapter Twenty-three: We talk to mother/daughter dynamic duo, Lisa & Cami Pastore
We are thrilled to have Cami back on the podcast along with her mom, Lisa. Cami is in her final year as a CS major at Virginia Tech. Lisa is an epidemiologist looking to transition into data science. Along the way, she’s become a COVID-19 epidemiologist. Learn how this dynamic mother/daughter duo inspire each other and we’re sure they will inspire you too! Find resources here.
Feb 2 2021
Chapter Twenty-two: We talk with Jack Dozier, founder of Books for VA
We speak with Jack Dozier, founder of Books for VA, about his dedication to service and bettering his community, and how his passion for literacy and computer science are helping him to make a difference. As usual, this young person will leave you feeling inspired and hopeful about the future - don’t miss this episode! Find resources here.
Jan 26 2021
Chapter Twenty-one: We talk with Karen Richardson, Executive Director at VSTE
From English major to Executive Director at Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE), Karen shares her EdTech journey and her love of making! Learn about how you can and why you should get involved with VSTE. Find resources here.
Jan 19 2021
Chapter Twenty: 2020 reflections with Sarah and Kim
Thank you dear listeners for helping us through an unpredictable, unprecedented and most challenging year. In this episode, we share reflections from 2020 as well as some of our hopes and dreams for the new year. We look forward to hearing from you in 2021! Find resources here.
Jan 1 2021