Computational Thinking in K-12



What strategies can be employed to incorporate computational thinking into K-12 curriculum, fostering critical thinking and problem-solving skills in students?

In this course, we’ll delve deep into the concept of computational thinking, a fundamental skill in the 21st-century digital landscape, and how it can be woven into various aspects of K-12 education. Computational thinking is not just about understanding computers or coding, but it’s a problem-solving process that includes a number of characteristics and dispositions.

We’ll begin by exploring the four core principles of computational thinking: decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction, and algorithm design. Participants will learn about the significance of each principle and how they come together to facilitate problem-solving and critical thinking.

Following this, we’ll examine diverse strategies to seamlessly integrate these principles into different areas of the K-12 curriculum. We’ll also offer tips on how to assess your students’ progress in computational thinking.

By the end of the course, educators will be equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to cultivate computational thinking in their classrooms, thereby enhancing their students’ problem-solving abilities and preparing them for a future where digital proficiency is paramount.

About the Speaker

Shuchi Grover is a distinguished learning scientist and researcher with expertise in AI, computer science, cybersecurity, and STEM education. Her research is primarily centered on AI in education, computational thinking, and STEM learning for PK-14 students, with a strong focus on designing curriculums, assessments, and tools that foster 21st-century competencies. With a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences & Technology Design from Stanford University, as well as master’s degrees in Education and Computer Science, and bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Physics, Shuchi is committed to nurturing the social, cultural, cognitive, and socio-emotional processes that contribute to educational development.

Computational Thinking in K-12

Tuesday, Mar 5, 2024 06:00 PM


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