The 5th ‘C’ of 21st Century Skills? Try Computational Thinking (Not Coding)
Shuchi Grover (2018)
For better or worse, computing is pervasive, changing how and where people work, collaborate, communicate, shop, eat, travel, learn and quite simply, live. From the arts to sciences and politics, no field has been untouched.…
Computational Thinking: I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means
Lorena Barba (2016)
“It’s a basic skill. Right along with the three Rs.” President Obama, on his weekly address just over a month ago, announced the $4-billion Computer Science for All initiative. Reactions quickly spread to make clear that…
What’s the Difference Between Coding and Computational Thinking?
Sheena Vaidyanathan (2016)
In my last EdSurge article, “Computer Science Goes Beyond Coding,” I wrote about the difference between coding and computer science, to help us understand what we mean by phrases like “Teach kids to code” and …
Computational thinking, 10 years later
Jeannette M. Wing (2016)
We have made tremendous progress in injecting computational thinking into research and education of all fields in the last ten years. We still have a ways to go, but fortunately, academia, industry and government forces are aligned toward realizing the vision of making computational thinking commonplace.
A Different Approach to Coding
Mitchel Resnick & David Siegel (2015)
For us, coding is not a set of technical skills but a new type of literacy and personal expression, valuable for everyone, much like learning to write. We see coding as a new way for people to organize, express, and share their ideas.
Coding and Computational Thinking
State of New South Wales (Department of Education) (2019)
This report has been commissioned by the NSW Department of Education’s Education for a Changing World initiative. It investigates the available evidence on the teaching of coding and computational thinking for student outcomes and explores and critiques what works in the implementation of coding and computational thinking within an educational context….
After the reboot: computing education in UK schools
The Royal Society (2017)
This Royal Society report, After the Reboot – Computing Education in UK Schools, explores the challenges and issues facing the subject in primary and secondary schools since the subject was introduced in English schools in 2014….
Computing our future
European Schoolnet (2015)
The challenge for the Education sector is to upskill the future workforce, but more importantly to empower young people with the competences to master and create their own digital technologies, and thrive in the society of today. We believe that teaching and learning how to code…
Report of a workshop on the scope and nature of computational thinking
Hal Abelson (2010)
As the use of computational devices has become widespread, there is a need to understand the scope and impact of what is sometimes called the Information Revolution or the Age of Digital Information. This is particularly apparent in education at all levels…
Papers and Books
Computational Thinking Education
Siu-Cheung Kong & Harold Abelson (2019)
This book offers a comprehensive guide, covering every important aspect of computational thinking education. It provides an in-depth discussion of computational thinking, including the notion of perceiving computational thinking practices as ways of mapping models from the abstraction of data and process structures to natural phenomena. Further, it explores how computational thinking education is implemented in different regions, and how computational thinking is being integrated into subject learning in K-12 education. In closing, it discusses computational thinking from the perspective of STEM education, the use of video games to teach computational thinking, and how computational thinking is helping to transform the quality of the workforce in the textile and apparel industry.…
New frameworks for studying and assessing the development of computational thinking
Brennan & Resnick (2012)
Computational thinking is a phrase that has received considerable attention over the past several years – but there is little agreement about what computational thinking encompasses, and …
Jeannette M. Wing (2006)
Computational thinking builds on the power and limits of computing processes, whether they are executed by a human or by a machine. Computational methods and models give us the courage to solve problems and design systems …
Mindstorms: Children, Computers, and Powerful Ideas
Seymour Papert (1980)
Just a few years ago people thought of computers as expensive and exotic devices. Their commercial and industrial uses affected ordinary people, but hardly anyone expected computers to become part of day-to-day life. This view has changed dramatically and rapidly as the public has come to accept the reality of the personal computer, small and inexpensive enough to take its place in every living room or even in every breast pocket…
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