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Demystifying Computational Thinking Course




What experts say about Computational Thinking

"Computational Thinking is a fundamental skill, something every human being must know to function in modern society. Computational thinking is a way humans solve problems; it is not trying to get humans to think like computers."

Scott Turner, Associate Professor at University of Northampton, 5th June 2015

"Computational Thinking is a way of solving problems, designing systems, and understanding human behaviour."

Susan S. Wells, President Elect, ISTE Mobile Learning Network, wwwsusanswells.com

Computational thinking confronts the riddle of machine intelligence; What can humans do better than computers? What can computers do better than humans?
Computational thinking will be a fundamental skill, used by everyone by the middle of the 21st Century. Just like reading, writing and arithmetic.

Jeanette Wing, Professor, Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon, http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~wing

If computational thinking is this fundamental to our studentsā€™ futures, how do we teach it and help students to learn it? In this course, you will explore these questions in a range of practical ways.


Lesson 1 Why Digital Technologies?
In this lesson, we will explore innovation with digital technologies and some themes in curriculum development.
Lesson 2 What is Computational Thinking?
In lesson two, we will dive deeper into computational thinking and some of the complex terminology in the digital technologies curriculum.
Lesson 3 Focussing On Computational Thinking
In lesson three, we explore the first of two main approaches to teaching computational thinking: focus on computational thinking.
Lesson 4 Integrating Computational Thinking
In lesson four we explore the second of two main approaches to teaching computational thinking: Integration of computational thinking.
Lesson 5 Organising Computational Thinking
In this lesson five, we will explore other connections that will support you to support your learners to ā€˜think like a computer scientistā€™.
Lesson 6 Assessing Computational Thinking
In lesson six, youā€™ll find a brief introduction to ā€˜assessment for learningā€™ and support materials to help you assess computational thinking.

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