Programme Rundown & Presentation Schedule (Tentative as of 23 April 2019)

For comprehensive presentation schedule (tentative) with Paper ID, please download (as of 20190608).

For the presentation guidelines, please download (as of 20190608).

International Forum

"International Forum on Research, Practices and Policies on Computational Thinking Education in K-12"


  • DELYSER Leigh Ann (CSforALL, US)
  • HUANG Ronghuai (Beijing Normal University, China)
  • KONG Siu-cheung (The Education University of Hong Kong, HK)
  • LOOI Chee-kit (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  • MILRAD Marcelo (Linnaeus University, Sweden)
  • SHIH Ju-ling (National University of Tainan, Taiwan)

Forum Abstract

In this forum, there will be presentations by speakers from different countries/regions on their sharing of research, practices and policies for promoting computational thinking education (CTE) in their own countries/regions. From the CoolThink@JC project experience in Hong Kong, there are lessons learned in the aspects of curriculum development, teacher development, teaching assistant development, school leadership, and parental education. Academic researchers, school practitioners and policy makers genuinely need to learn about the implementation challenges, try out the good practices and act on the national/regional strategies in these aspects. This forum will provide an international perspective on the aspects important for CTE in K-12. Discussions will focus on the directions related to the curriculum, teacher development plan, parent education campaign, nation-/region-wide social consensus for CTE.

Forum Language: English


“Exploring MIT App Inventor: Past, Present, and Future”

Instructed by Dr. Evan Patton ((Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The United States)


This hybrid talk/workshop will begin with a brief overview of the history, architecture, and pedagogy of MIT App Inventor over the ten years since its inception. The remainder of the time will focus on demonstrations of features under development that will have significant effects on App Inventor pedagogy. Participants will be given time to try new features hands-on and to discuss future directions of the platform with MIT App Inventor lead developer Dr. Evan Patton. Demonstrations will include App Inventor for iOS, real-time collaboration support for multiple users editing a shared project, augmented reality, and machine learning extensions focused on computer vision using neural network based classifiers.

Instructor’s Bio

Dr. Evan Patton holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is the director of software engineering for the MIT App Inventor project. Under his tenure, App Inventor has seen the inclusion of more sophisticated components such as Maps, CloudDB, Internet of Things and machine learning extensions. As part of his role, he guides student prototyping and research to push the boundaries of what is possible in App Inventor. In addition to setting future development directions, Dr. Patton is also interested in studying how to better improve App Inventor for use in educational settings. Prior to joining the MIT App Inventor team, Dr. Patton collaborated with Dr. Lalana Kagal on the PUNYA project, an App Inventor derivative that explored how democratizing app development could benefit first responders.

Workshop Language: English

“Workshop on Artificial Intelligence: How to make it easier for students?”

Instructed by Mr. Denny Xia, CEO of Gravity Link International limited (Hong Kong)


Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a smash hit topic around the world. The search engines, and our personal devices apply AI to enrich their functions. AI becomes a new yet important component in Computational Thinking education. Have you ever thought about how to bring AI education to school? In this workshop, we will walk you through and suggest ways to make it easier for students.

Note: Participants in this workshop do not need professional knowledge.

Instructor’s Bio

Mr. Xia has rich professional experience in the fields of artificial intelligence and Internet of Things. Gravity Link integrates the advantages of multiple resources, and establish the international advanced R&D and innovation platform of intelligence software and hardware, which combines the “Google Developer Technology Center” and the “ARM Technology Center”. Gravity Link has become the promotion partner of Google artificial intelligence development technology.

Workshop Language: English

Presentation Guidelines

Paper Presentation

  1. For Full Papers 30 minutes will be allocated for presentation (including 5 minutes for Q&A). Please keep your presentation within the time limit.
  2. For Short Papers 20 minutes will be allocated for presentation (including 5 minutes for Q&A). Please keep your presentation within the time limit.
  3. Please follow the paper presentation schedule assigned. Kindly check in with the Session Chair at least 10 mins before the session starts (to test and set up your presentation materials).
  4. A standard computer with Mac OSX and MS‐Office connected to a projector will be equipped in each presentation venue. You can copy your presentation file (MS‐PowerPoint or PDF) to the computer. You may also bring your own laptop for presentation (please bring the appropriate adapter such as VGA connector on your own).
  5. Electricity in Hong Kong is 220V / 50Hz, UK plug. Please be reminded to bring power converters or adapters for your own laptop and other electrical equipment if necessary.

Poster Presentation

  1. Content of the presentation should be clear and concise that allows people to read from a distance. Text in font size less than 1 cm should be avoided.
  2. Make sure you have information about the presentation topic, name of the author(s) and affiliation on the poster.
  3. You will be given a notice board (1.8mW x 1.2mH) to present your research ideas in a poster format (recommended size: A0 [1189mmW x 841mmH]; in “landscape” style). Please remain by your poster board during the presentation session (June 13, 2019, 17:00-17:45).
  4. You should bring your own poster to the conference, and mount the poster on the assigned display board (paper no. will be shown on the boards) on June 13, 2019 (Thursday, 12:30-13:30). Posters will be displayed during the conference period (June 13-15, 2019). We will help dismantle your posters after the conference.
  5. We shall provide drawing pins / thumbtacks and tape to attach your poster to the poster board.