Learning Math via Computer Programming with Kristen Reed and Paul Goldenberg

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In this episode, I am talking to Kristen Reed and Paul Goldenberg from Education Development Center, near Boston, MA, USA. Education Development Center is a global nonprofit that advances lasting solutions to improve education, promote health, and expand economic opportunity.

Kristen Reed is an expert in early childhood and elementary mathematics, and she is dedicated to helping children, families, and educators find the fun and challenge of engagement in mathematics.

Her work examines the impact of mathematics games, educator training, and family engagement on children’s school readiness, mathematics learning, and persistence. She specializes in developing creative and effective interventions for children from low-income communities and communities of color.

Images: (c) Burt Granofsky, EDC – used with permission

Paul Goldenberg is a distinguished scholar and internationally known expert in mathematics education. He designs innovative, evidence-based mathematics and computer science instructional resources for learners and teachers. For over 40 years, he has developed curricula that take advantage of and build upon learners’ natural curiosity. 

Kristen and Paul are  investigating whether learning computer programming can help young children with mathematics. For this they worked on special projects in Snap! – a visual programming language that we’ve covered before  – check the shownote links for the full episode with Jens Moenig about Snap!

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