Here’s the Big Idea:

Public schools need to make available space, time, and $$$, for student online communities to grow within and between schools, in order to help generate social capital by using student data to advocate for resources from community partners. The only way to do this effectively is to teach students how to iterate through complex design problems and to teach them how to collect and use data to make sound design decisions. One way to do this is by using ‘The Bootstrapping Checklist’.

The Bootstrapping Checklist facilitates online collaboration for intermediate students by providing a real and authentic reason to learn skills like coding, digital marketing and technology, data analysis and analytics, and computer science – all at a younger age – and with an incentive to keep at it.

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