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Integrate Computational Thinking Into Your Classroom Using Free Digital Resources

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Wednesday, December 2, 3:00–4:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Laurel Ozersky  
Dr. Yigal Rosen  

This poster compiles free, digital resources with sample applications to support computational thinking practices in everyday lessons. Learn about the latest research-based model for CT and explore engaging resources to support CT in the classroom. Visit with class code "qw3x2uh" for more!

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Attendees will need a Gmail account (or other registered Google account) in order to access helpful resources on Google Classroom.
Topic: Computer science & computational thinking
Grade level: 9-12
Subject area: Computer science, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
For Students:
Computational Thinker
  • Students collect data or identify relevant data sets, use digital tools to analyze them, and represent data in various ways to facilitate problem-solving and decision-making.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Computational Thinking is a term used frequently in education, but what does it really mean for students? And how comfortable are teachers with integrating computational thinking into their daily lessons?

This poster provides teachers, coaches, and curriculum specialists with practical strategies and resources to integrate computational thinking competencies into a STEAM curriculum. This poster is designed to support participants in the revision of an existing lesson in include computational thinking standards and incorporate a new technology for reuse in the classroom (face-to-face, virtual, or blended).

Dr. Rosen and Ms. Ozersky design engaging learning and assessment solutions for higher-order skills, specializing in creative and computational thinking. Ms. Ozersky will contextualize the presentation with a brief review of the latest research driving the computational thinking competency model in development at ACTNext.

The session focuses on demonstrating how to use free, digital resources to support the primary computational competencies: working with data, algorithmic thinking, and computational modeling. Data sets from NASA teach data collection and organization; Google Draw highlights data representation; Scratch 3.0 from MIT emphasizes algorithmic design; PhET simulations foster iteration skills when modeling scenarios. All of these resources and more will be demonstrated to participants, who will then have the opportunity to incorporate any of them into their lesson of choice.

Because all of these digital tools are public, free, and easily accessible, participants will have no trouble replicating, applying, and expanding on their takeaways after the session.

This session aims to provide busy teachers with practical next steps to immediately begin integrating computational thinking competencies into existing STEAM lessons in an easy and efficient manner.

Supporting research

Shute, V., Sun, C., & Asbell-Clarke, J. (2017). Demystifying computational thinking. Educational Research Review. 22. 10.1016/j.edurev.2017.09.003.

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Laurel Ozersky, BrainPOP

Laurel Ozersky served as a Learning Solutions Designer at ACTNext by ACT where she designed and developed technology-enhanced courses to foster and assess higher-order thinking skills, with an emphasis on computational thinking. Prior to ACTNext, Laurel taught high school science and math in Inglewood, CA. She studied physics and education at UC Berkeley and received her M.Ed. from Pepperdine University.

Dr. Yigal Rosen, BrainPOP

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