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omputational Thinking (CT) is a problem-solving process that includes:
Formulating problems in a way that enables us to use a computer and other tools to help solve them.
Logically organizing and analyzing data
Representing data through abstractions such as models and simulations
Automating solutions through algorithmic thinking (a series of ordered steps)
Identifying, analyzing, and implementing possible solutions with the goal of achieving the most efficient and effective combination of steps and resources
Generalizing and transferring this problem solving process to a wide variety of problems
Computational thinking also requires essential attitudes and dispositions:
Confidence in dealing with complexity
Persistence in working with difficult problems
Tolerance for ambiguity
The ability to deal with open ended problems
The ability to communicate and work with others to achieve a common goal or solution
W atch the ISTE video above on Computation Thinking. Download and read the Computational Thinking Teacher Resources guide from ISTE (located in the readings folder).
Why is computational theory a skill everyone should have in a digital age? What is changing in society that requires computational thinking? How is technology driving life and changing the way we do things? What 21st century skills do our students need to have to succeed in a digital age? Examine the skills and the attitudes/dispositions of computational thinking above. In what ways can you help student develop these skills? How can you foster computational thinking in your students withing your own subject matter curriculum? Share one learning activity or lesson idea from the ISTE CT teacher resources that you feel would be appropriate for your subject area and grade level. How would this lesson help students develop the skills and dispositions needed for computational thinking?
Examine these Resources on Computational Thinking
Examine the ISTE Computational Thinking Toolkit resources at: https://www.iste.org/explore/articleDetail?articleid=152&category=Solutions&article=Computational-thinking-for-all
See the Google Computational Thinking Resources at: https://edu.google.com/resources/programs/exploring-computational-thinking/
Google CT Lesson Plans – https://edu.google.com/resources/programs/exploring-computational-thinking/#!ct-materials
Google Videos on CT – https://edu.google.com/resources/programs/exploring-computational-thinking/#!ctgoogle
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States https://siecus.org/
CA Child Abuse & Neglect Reporting Law Issues and Answers for Mandated Reporters http://mandatedreporterca.com/images/Pub132.pdf
1. Examine the key concepts in a comprehensive sexuality education program described in Chapter 11.
Go to the Sexuality Information and Education Council website and locate the national standards
and additional resources and information about sexuality education. What did you learn from
examining the website?
2. Teachers are considered mandated reporters if they see evidence of child abuse. law. After reviewing
the California Child Abuse & Neglect document, what did you learn about the reporting laws, the
types of child abuse, the reporting process and the teacher’s role? What did you learn about
warning signs that can help you identify evidence of child abuse? What additional questions or
thoughts do you have after reading the document?