One thing I learned from the article is computational thinking is a, "fundamental skill for everyone", not just for computer scientists, doctors, and business people (pg. 1, Barr). We should add computational thinking to every child’s analytical ability.
QUESTIONS ABOUT COMPUTATIONAL THINKING
Something else I learned was computational thinking is, "solving problems, designing systems, and understanding human behavior by drawing on the concepts fundamental to computer science" (pg. 1, Barr). These are amazing skills to teach children at a young age.
HOW WILL I IMPLEMENT THIS IN THE CLASSROOM?
A third thing I learned was computational thinking is important because it gives students, "the ability to communicate human thought through computers and other digital tools" (Pg. 3, Barr). This is necessary to implement in teaching because technology has become an essential part of our everyday lives and will prepare children for the work force.
Q1: What if I have limited access of technology to accommodate every student? ex: I observed a school that couldn't provide children the tools they needed to implement computational thinking. Q2: What programs promote computational thinking for a math lesson? ex: The only programs I've used to teach math this semester were notebook and powerpoint.
Students will read about the about Ancient Egypt and create a Ancient Egypt Life Blog. They will also identify the lifestyle of ancient Egypt children and compare it to their own. I will call attention to vocabulary and have students reflect on where they might use them in the future, including their careers. I will implement computational thinking concepts of representing data through abstractions, such as models and simulation, and logically organizing and analyzing data.