Welcome to Part Two on this series based on Computation Thinking. This second post provides a goldmine of resources to get you started with your students. In the prior post I provided 10 ideas to promote Computational Thinking across the curriculum. You will not want to miss it! Also, please take a moment to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email and join me on twitter at mjgormans . I have some great posts coming your way involving PBL, STEM, tech integration, and Deeper Learning. Most of all, thanks for being one of those over 30,000 visitors a month and over 14,000 subscribers. Also, remember that I can come to your conference or school district and provide engaging authentic, practical, and purposeful professional development . Please note I will be at FETC21 Orlando (January) supporting teachers in PBL and more. See booking info and please contact me anytime at (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thanks so much. Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech).
Part 2: A Goldmine For Computational Thinking: Over 50 Resources To Teach CT Across The Curriculum
The goal of computational thinking is really about getting students to use computer type thinking to solve real world problems. So often we are the users of algorithms, but rarely are we creating them. Facilitating this skill for our students will allow them to innovate, understand, and find purpose. Most of all they will be equiped to fast a world which is constatnly changing. It is from the book The power of Computational Thinking by Paul Curzon and Peter W McOwan we find the following quote:
“The beauty of Algorithms is that steps can be followed without those involved having any idea of what they are doing and why”
I can personally relate with this quote. I found myself many times in school following algorithms of which I had no idea for their meaning. I did pass the ACT because I had answers for which I had no understanding of. We as educators must go that next step, providing students a way to problem sovle and come up with algoritms that provide the solutions.
For this reason, I provide to you some resources I hope you will find valuable. Keep in mind that Computational Thinking can use devices, robots, and computers to support learning. It also is valuable to do some “unplugged” activities that allow students to dive deep into their own thinking leaving the digital object to the side. I have tried to provide resources that support both. Last, the ability to understand the workings of a computer is only half of the algorithm. Keep in mind that human element. How do we find a way to use the power and speed of the computer along with the comprehension and metacognitive ability of the human mind? Enjoy the quote and resources that follow.
“The computer is incredibly fast, accurate, and stupid. Man is incredibily slow, inaccurate, and brilliant. The marriage of the two is a force beyond calculations” – Leo Cherne
Main Site Computational Thinking Resources:
Puzzles for Computational Thinking
Articles, Inormation, Ideas
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