Computational Thinking

Computational Thinking

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  • What is Computational Thinking? Arianna DeMartino, Shannon Dowling, Bailey Tuschinski, Mia Fitzpatrick, Skylar Orga
  • 1. It is important because it is an essential part of our everyday lives and work.  2. Different than critical thinking because it is more tool oriented and makes use of familiar problem solving skills such as trial and error.  3. These skills are supported and enhanced by a number of dispositions such as the ability to deal with open ended problems. 
  • In the article, Computational Thinking, three things I learned were...
  • Teachers can incorporate computational thinking in all subject fields so that students are well rounded.  Yes! For example, you can use computational thinking when you are organizing data. 
  • How can we better integrate computational thinking into classrooms so that kids are more familiar with using it? Can we use computational thinking in an everyday situation?
  • We can use computational thinking in different activities for our students so they get different practice with solving problems in more than one way and are exposed to many different tools.
  • 1. Board games are now used as resources in public library collections for educational purposes because they can tie into content learning or information literacy standards.  2. We want computational thinking to involve some degree of generalization, as the programs that students develop and run through their discourse should be more efficient over time. 3. Using conditional logic and debugging more often occurred as students internalized the rules of the game.
  • And what about board games you ask... well
  • How and what board games should be incorporated into school curriculum? What benefits do these board games give to students and what, if any, communication skills are they using? 
  • Any board games that allow kids to use manipulatives to help them figure out a problem stratigetically.  It allows kids to explore their own thoughts and ideas and arrive at answers on their own. 
  • Have them available to kids so when they’re done an assignment, they have the option to engage in a board game and build those skills on their own time!
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