Introduction to Computational Thinking for Every Educator

Course Description:

In the digital age, computational thinking (CT) is an essential skill for students and educators alike. This systematic approach to solving problems is at the foundation of not just computer science, but many other subject areas – and careers – as well.

Developed with support from Google, Introduction to Computational Thinking for Every Educator unpacks how CT can be integrated throughout subject areas and grade levels. Through this course, you’ll increase your awareness of CT, experiment with CT-integrated activities for the subject areas you teach, and create a plan to incorporate CT into your curricula.

This is a 15-hour, self-paced course with ongoing instructor support.

Course Dates:

Fall 2021 Session: October 4 - December 5
Enrollment period: Now through October 4



Spring 2022 Session: February 7 - April 3
Enrollment period: Now through February 7



Summer 2022 Session: July 11 - September 5
Enrollment period: Registration opens October 5, 2021

Who It's For:

  • Teachers (PK-12, any subject)
  • Teachers / Faculty (Higher Ed)
  • Tech Coaches / Tech Coordinators / Tech Specialists
  • Instructional Technology Coaches
  • Directors of Instructional Technology
  • Any educators seeking to integrate computational thinking into their classrooms

Course Details:

  • Course Length: 15 hours
  • Cost: $75 Member / $99 Non-member
  • Course Style: asynchronous with instructor



This course is developed with support from Google.


More than 65% of students will work in jobs that don’t exist today. Google is helping educators prepare their students for that future. We provide content and professional development to build teachers' knowledge and skills. And we are helping students get excited about where computer science (CS) can take them. Through our programs and partners, we reach millions of students every year, with a focus on those who are underrepresented in the field today.


ISTE U courses are graduate-level credit eligible from Dominican University of California. Find out more about eligibility for graduate-level credit, fees and next steps for this course here



ISTE U Instructor: Mike Karlin, Ph.D.
Instructor: Mike Karlin, Ph.D.

Mike is currently the director of instructional design for Ponce Health Sciences University and Tiber Health.  Prior to this role, Mike received his Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology from the School of Education at Indiana University. During his time there, Mike taught preservice teachers about technology use in their future classroom and helped train future technology coaches. Additionally, Mike conducted and published research on broadening participation in computing and improving technology professional development practices. Mike also spent six years as a K-12 teacher in the U.S., South Korea, and Colombia, where he taught biology, English, and computer science. He also served as a technology integration specialist and provided school-wide technology professional development. Outside of this work, Mike runs the EdTech Roundup, an education technology blog that focuses on providing teachers with reviews of apps and services.

ISTE U Instructor: Heidi Williams
Instructor: Heidi Williams

Heidi Williams is a passionate coding and computational thinking advocate. Her over 25 years of experience in education include serving as language, science and mathematics teacher for grades 6-8, as well as roles as a differentiation specialist, technology integration specialist, instructional coach, gifted and talented coordinator, elementary principal and K-8 director of curriculum. Williams has shared her passion for integrating coding into the curriculum at local, state, regional and national conferences, and many have leveraged her expertise for conference presentations, coding coaching, professional development and K-12 scope and sequence alignment of computer science skills throughout the curriculum.