Beth Simon

Beth Simon is a Computer Science Education researcher with a focus on curriculum development for K-12. She is currently an Associate Teaching Professor in the Education Studies Department at UC, San Diego. In addition to curriculum development work, she has an action research program supporting the adoption of evidence-based practices in university computing courses.
Areas of Expertise:
- Computing Education
- Curriculum Development for K-12 Computing
- Evidence-Based Practices in STEM Education
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Computational Thinking for K-12 Educators Capstone (Coursera)

Aug 4th 2021
Computational Thinking for K-12 Educators Capstone (Coursera)
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In this capstone project course, you will learn to support your students in successfully completing the Advanced Placement Principles Create Task -- however this task can be useful for any course as a culminating, student-designed final programming project. You will learn to interpret and practice applying to real sample [...]
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Capstone Project: Teaching Impacts of Technology (Coursera)

In this project-based course you’ll review the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles course and exam description guide to prepare for the “Explore Task”, where students must research a recent computing innovation and and analyze its impacts on the world. You’ll also review the description of this task from the [...]
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Teaching Impacts of Technology: Workplace of the Future (Coursera)

Aug 4th 2021
Teaching Impacts of Technology: Workplace of the Future (Coursera)
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In this course you’ll focus on how the Internet has enabled new careers and changed expectations in traditional work settings, creating a new vision for the workplace of the future. This will be done through a series of paired teaching sections, exploring a specific “Impact of Computing” in your [...]
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Computational Thinking for K-12 Educators: Nested If Statements and Compound Conditionals (Coursera)

Aug 4th 2021
Computational Thinking for K-12 Educators: Nested If Statements and Compound Conditionals (Coursera)
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How could you program a complex "choose your own adventure" game? How can your soccer game determine goals, balls out of bounds, and corner kicks? You'll learn to do both of these in this course! This class teaches the concepts of nested if/else statements and compound Boolean [...]
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Computational Thinking for K-12 Educators: Conditional Loops and If Statements (Coursera)

Aug 4th 2021
Computational Thinking for K-12 Educators: Conditional Loops and If Statements (Coursera)
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Want to make a game that ends when you "catch" an object by clicking on it? Or maybe you get points based on how close you came? You'll do that in this class! This class teaches the concepts of conditional loops and if/else statements.
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Computational Thinking for K-12 Educators: Variables and Nested Loops (Coursera)

Aug 4th 2021
Computational Thinking for K-12 Educators: Variables and Nested Loops (Coursera)
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How can students learn about abstraction by creating a movie scene? Or make an interactive map using lists? You'll learn (and do it yourself) in this course! This class teaches the concepts of abstraction (methods and parameters) and lists.
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Computational Thinking for K-12 Educators: Sequences and Loops (Coursera)

Aug 4th 2021
Computational Thinking for K-12 Educators: Sequences and Loops (Coursera)
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How do we give instructions to a computer? Isn't programming hard? Not really! Whether it's giving someone directions to a nearby store or writing out some dance moves we frequently exhibit aspects of computational thinking in our everyday lives! This class teaches the first key [...]
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Computational Thinking for K-12 Educators: Abstraction, Methods, and Lists (Coursera)

Aug 4th 2021
Computational Thinking for K-12 Educators: Abstraction, Methods, and Lists (Coursera)
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How do gamers cause things to happen when they hit buttons on their controller? How does the computer keep track of gamer's scores? This class teaches the concepts of nested loops, events, and variables. For each concept, we'll start by helping you connect real-world experiences you [...]
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Teaching Impacts of Technology: Relationships (Coursera)

Aug 4th 2021
Teaching Impacts of Technology: Relationships (Coursera)
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In this course you’ll focus on how “smart” devices have changed how we interact with others in personal ways, impacting how we stay connected in our increasingly mobile society. This will be done through a series of paired teaching sections, exploring a specific “Impact of Computing” in your typical [...]
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Teaching Impacts of Technology: Data Collection, Use, and Privacy (Coursera)

Aug 4th 2021
Teaching Impacts of Technology: Data Collection, Use, and Privacy (Coursera)
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In this course you’ll focus on how constant data collection and big data analysis have impacted us, exploring the interplay between using your data and protecting it, as well as thinking about what it could do for you in the future. This will be done through a series of [...]
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