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How Teaching About Algorithms Deepens Student Learning


Topics: Algorithmic thinking

Algorithms are nothing more than specific instructions to follow. OK, that sentence might be contested, but I’d wager it’s true in a K-12 context.

Despite being the backbone of social media, search…


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Computational Thinking and Data Analysis Go Hand-in-Hand


Topics: Computational Thinking

Data influences all decisions in life, now more than ever.

This isn’t necessarily a new phenomenon, but the ubiquity of data-driven solutions is. Identifying and collecting sources of data, recognizing…


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Understanding Problems With Computational Thinking: Decomposition


Topics: Computational Thinking

Even though computational thinking is a skill that can be incorporated into all school subject areas, it can be a head-scratcher for teachers of language arts, social studies or other content areas outside math…


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How To Craft a Computational Thinking Problem


Topics: Computational Thinking

When I set out to integrate computational thinking (CT) into a Spanish-language lesson, I kept asking myself, “How on earth am I going to pull this off?” 

As a former Spanish language teacher, I…


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Why You Should Integrate Computational Thinking Into Your Curriculum


Topics: Computational Thinking

Computational thinking is the problem-solving skill of the digital world. It’s powerful when integrated into the curriculum because students engage in experiential learning of content-related problems, such as…


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Computational thinking: Extend problem-solving beyond computer science


Topics: Computational Thinking, computer science

Computational thinking (CT) has been elevated as a critical new literacy thanks to its ties to computer science. Through the CT process, we can create algorithms that harness the power of computing to scale…


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Using research-based strategies to help students master computational thinking


Topics: Computational Thinking, ISTE Standards for Computer Science Educators, Learning sciences

When learning new knowledge, it is critical for students to connect new concepts with previous learning and experiences and then be able to transfer it in multiple and creative ways. It is, therefore, essential…


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Teaching Computational Thinking Is More Important Than Defining It


Topics: Computational Thinking

Computational thinking (CT) is riding a strong current in the edtech world that teaching K-12 students to think like computer scientists will better prepare them for work and life.

But bringing CT to K-12 classrooms isn’t something educators can do overnight. It faces obstacles like…


5 things you can do to bring computer science to all your students

5 Things You Can Do To Bring Computer Science To All Your Students


Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking

There’s no doubt that in today’s world, computer science (CS) is foundational knowledge for all students and coding is a foundational skill — just like reading and writing. Yet many schools, especially those in low socioeconomic areas, don’t teach computer science because of a lack…


Embed computational thinking into PBL

Embed computational thinking into PBL


Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, ISTE Standards for Students, STEM & STEAM

Like many of my students, my daughter, Anisa, is very familiar with using electronic circuits to make designs …