Workshop for African-American Thinking Computationally and Historically (WATCH) 

Workshop for African-American Thinking Computationally and Historically (WATCH) 



This project seeks to investigate how African American students’ engagement with technology through mobile apps and site visits to African American historical sites can promote learning local history, historical practices, and computer science. Through a combination of critical historical analysis, fieldwork, and computational artifact creation, the WATCH program seeks to improve history education and address equity issues concerning computational learning.


  • King, L. J., Gardner-McCune, C., Vargas, P., & Jimenez, Y., (2013). “Re-Discovering and Re-Creating African American Historical Accounts through Mobile Apps: The role of mobile technology in history education”, The Journal of Social Studies Research (2014).

Book Chapter

  • Gardner-McCune, C. and Jimenez, Y. Historical App Developers: Integrating CS into K-12 through Cross-Disciplinary Projects in Moving Students of Color from Consumers to Producers of Technology, 1st ed. Hershey: IGI Global, 2017.

Peer Reviewed Posters

  • Jimenez, Y., & Gardner-McCune, C. (2015, August). Using App inventor & history as a gateway to engage African American students in computer science. In Research in Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology (RESPECT), 2015 (pp. 1-2). IEEE.
  • Jimenez, Y., and Gardner-McCune, C., 2014. “Using App Inventor to Engage African American Students,” Grace Hopper Computing Conference, October 8-10, 2014, Phoenix, AZ.