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Are you interested in learning more about Computational Thinking (CT)? Are you looking to implement CT in your classroom? Here are some resources and links that you will find useful:

What is Computational Thinking

Let’s first get rid of the idea that computational thinking is programming . “It is not even thinking like a computer, as computers do not, and cannot, think.” (Source: BBC).

Computational thinking is using problem solving strategies that involveScreen Shot 2015-03-27 at 5.21.38 PM breaking down complex problems into more familiar ones (problem decomposition), using a sequence of steps to solve the problem (algorithms), reducing the complexities of a problem and focusing on the essential details to solve it (abstraction), and using digital tools and technology to automate the solutions (automation). These are the underpinning of skills that computer scientists use in their work.

CSTA and ISTE identifies 9 core computational thinking ideas for K-12 classrooms include: data collection, data analysis, data representation, problem decomposition, abstraction, algorithms & procedures, automation, parallelization, and simulation.

What Computational Thinking is Not?

  • Computational thinking is not just using computers. Computational thinking can easily be confounded as simply “using computers”. While computers can be used to help solve problems and support students in becoming computational thinkers, over simplifying it to low level uses of computers is imprecise. The role of computers in computational thinking is about executing processes and solutions to problems that can been represented for an information processing agent (i.e, a computer).
  • Computational thinking is not mathematics. Another common misconception is that computational thinking is equivalent to mathematics. Mathematics in school is about solving very traditional problems whereas computational thinking is about using problem solving strategies (see above) to generate solutions that can be automated.

Computational Thinking in K-12: Resources

Here are some resources for teachers to learn more about what computational thinking is and how to embed CT concepts and capabilities in a K-12 classroom.

Computer Science in K-12

The same way thinking computationally does not mean programing, computer science is not about just coding/programming.  Here is an overview:  What is CS?