Supercomputing requires math, thinking skills, algebra and computational thinking and an awareness of gateways to computing. New technologies require rethinking the use of technology Cyberlearning does that for transformational learning.
Coding is only one aspect of the technology industry, with innovation and creativity being just as important, but the skill is more than just executing simple commands on-screen. Coding teaches children how to think critically and how to be proficient problem solvers and inspires them to imagine the many possibilities computing has to offer.
"Knowing that problems aren’t… a problem gives us the confidence to try new thing."
The computational thinking skills that coding teaches us are incredibly important: we learn how to deal with problems, how to break them up into their component parts, figure out where the issue is, what the issue is, work out a fix and then implement that fix. Over time this practice builds confidence. Knowing that problems aren’t… a problem gives us the confidence to try new things and to try old things in new ways, knowing that when we come across a problem we know how to deal with it is empowering. Industry is crying out for our future generations to be more innovative, to think outside the box. Problem solving skills are life skills, important no matter what path our children choose to take.
Critical thinking is another skill that all children can possess and develop, so setting logical questions for them to experiment with is an important element to any lesson. Once they’re ready, tell your students that they are going to write a program, they need to think about what this program needs to accomplish, how that needs to be interpreted in order to write a program for it, then write the program. They will soon be building skills without even realising it!
Implementing a cross-curricular approach to the subject can really help to develop this further. By allowing pupils to consider the links between computing and other disciplines, such as coordinates in Geography, variables in maths or electronics in science, they will be able to get to grips with the idea of computational thinking far quicker
Computer science is finally included in “STEM” Good news for students across the country: the STEM Education Act (HR 1020) has passed Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support. It’s now on its way...
Bonnie Bracey Sutton's insight:
This has been a long journey. Now we need to add more PD for teacher understanding.
Secret Coders is a project that’s been on my mind for a long, long time. I’m a cartoonist. I write and draw comic books and graphic novels. I’m also a coder. I majored in Computer Science at U.C. Berkeley and worked as a software developer for a couple of years. Then I taught high school computer science for over a decade and a half in Oakland, California. For the most part, these were two separate worlds for me. I taught programming by day and made comics by night. But I’ve always wanted to bring them together. I wanted to make an explicitly educational comic that taught readers the concepts I covered in my introductory programming class. That’s what Secret Coders is. It’s both a fun story about a group of tweens who discover a secret coding school, and an explanation of some foundational ideas in computer science.
My characters are inspired by real people. Hopper and Eni’s mentor is a grumpy old janitor named Mr. Bee who has a secret past. Bee is an embodiment of the ideals espoused by a computer scientist named Seymour Papert. Papert is something of a genius. He helped invent a computer programming language for kids called Logo, which was how I learned to code. Papert also worked on the Lego Mindstorms toy line. By including a wide array of inspirations, I’m hoping to reflect at least some of the diversity of the tech community.
“In the universe of computer science, the definition and application of computational thinking is widely acknowledged as a pathway to problem solving, easily transferable to other academic subjects and even everyday life.”
Construct and measure the energy efficiency and solar heat gain of a cardboard model house. Use a light bulb heater to imitate a real furnace and a temperature sensor to monitor and regulate the internal temperature of the house.
Robots are cool. Robots that operate at a molecular level? Those are even cooler -- and there's no limit to what they could accomplish. While science has been fascinated by the impossibly small building blocks of the world for hundreds of years, it's only been since the 1980s that scientific understanding and technological development has truly…
In the universe of computer science, the definition and application of computational thinking is widely acknowledged as a pathway to problem solving, easily transferable to other academic subjects and even everyday life.
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