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In the digital age, computational thinking — the ability to solve problems using technology, among other things — will be a necessary skill set for students, teachers and citizens.
May students and educators are intimidated by the terms "coding" and "computational thinking." However, once the concept is understood as a systematic approach to solving problems, it becomes less daunting. Try embedding computational thinking into a project-based learning lesson.
In the universe of computer science, the definition and application of computational thinking is widely acknowledged as a pathway to problem solving, easily transferable to other academic subjects and even everyday life.
ISTE and the Computer Science Teachers Association collaborated on a series of resources designed to help prepare young learners to become computational thinkers who understand how today's digital tools can help solve tomorrow's problems.
Computer science is more than just coding. Thinking like a computer scientist involves being creative and thinking collaboratively about a problem in order to solve it.
Computational thinking enables students to recognize when and how technology can boost their own critical-thinking, creative and problem-solving skills and help them devise innovative solutions to real-world problems.
Creativity is the ability to make new things or think of new ideas, and you can help your students work their creativity muscles by using these four strategies.
Many educators believe students should be taught coding as young as kindergarten to build critical-thinking skills and prepare for careers of the future.
Help your students become computational thinkers by building their competency in decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction and algorithm design.
Why not try one new thing this year to get students learning with technology. Check out this back-to-school guide for ideas, tips and resources on computer science, media literacy and digital citizenship.