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Computational Thinking - What is it? Why Teach It?

Computational Thinking - What is it? Why Teach It? | Café puntocom Leche | Scoop.it

"As the cities that have hosted Code for America teams will tell you, the greatest contribution the young programmers bring isn't the software they write. It's the way they think. It's a principle called "computational thinking," and knowing all of the Java syntax in the world won't help if you can't think of good ways to apply it."

 


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 21, 2014 8:26 AM

Should we be teaching coding to our students? What does computer literacy mean? And what is computational thinking? These are some of the questions addressed in this article from Mother Jones.

Let's start with the question 'What is computational thinking?' Below is a quote from the article.

"If you've ever improvised dinner, pat yourself on the back: You've engaged in some light CT...If seeing the culinary potential in raw ingredients is like computational thinking, you might think of a software algorithm as a kind of recipe: a step-by-step guide on how to take a bunch of random ingredients and start layering them together in certain quantities, for certain amounts of time, until they produce the outcome you had in mind."

There are so many quotes I could pull from this article to share. Below are two more and I would urge you to take the time to click through and read the entire article (and it is quite long). Along with a information on the history of literacy (as in reading and writing as well as computer) you will find a video of individuals (some of whom you will recognize) talking about how they became involved in computational literacy as well as many graphs and images. On to the quotes...

"Computational thinking involves solving problems, designing systems, and understanding human behavior," she writes in a publication of the Association for Computing Machinery. Those are handy skills for everybody, not just computer scientists.

And while many kids have mad skills in movie editing or Photoshopping, such talents can lull parents into thinking they're learning real computing. "We teach our kids how to be consumers of technology, not creators of technology," notes the NSF's Cuny.

Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, June 25, 2014 9:57 AM

Is Coding the New Literacy?

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5 Resolutions To Modernize Your Teaching For 2014

5 Resolutions To Modernize Your Teaching For 2014 | Café puntocom Leche | Scoop.it

"When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, we all hear about the typical weight/health/finance related promises we make to ourselves – but why not use this yearly changeover to make some classroom promises instead? We can all use some new goals, and our students will be the ones benefiting from the changes with us. Win-win, I’d say!"

 


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 30, 2013 10:02 PM

Five ideas that you may want to try in 2014 in your classroom...and if you are already doing one of them consider the others or how you might improve on what you are doing.

* I will experiment with technology that scares me.

* I will consistently try new approaches to learning.

* I will teach through moments.

* I will create a system that honors students.

* I will think literacy backwards.

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