Integrating Computational Thinking Into Lesson Design and Delivery

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Tara Linney  

Computational thinking is an approach to problem-solving that uses the terms "decomposition," "pattern recognition," "abstraction" and "algorithm design." Imagine the impact we could have on our students if we infused these concepts into our lessons!

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Computer science & computational thinking
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Computer science
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.
For Students:
Computational Thinker
  • Students break problems into component parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem-solving.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate the linkage of computational thinking into elementary ed concepts.

- Participants will know the 4 main areas of computational thinking.
- Participants will be able to identify where computational thinking is found in a sample lesson.
- Participants will be able to apply computational thinking to core content.


Explanation of computational thinking as a whole (5 min.)
Interactive quiz on the 4 main areas of computational thinking (5 min.)
Sample lesson dissections (2-3) identifying where computational thinking exists (15 min.)
Bingo activity integrated into the above lesson dissections (5 min.)

*This outline can be extended to fit the time of an Interactive Lecture session. It can also easily be converted to a digital format, as the interactive components are available virtually.

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Tara Linney, TL Specialists
ISTE Certified Educator

Tara is the Founder of TLSpecialists LLC, an organization created to provide edtech and SEL-infused training for schools in this new world of hybrid and remote learning environments, with a focus on equitable experiences, delivered by diverse trainers. She is an award-winning educator who has helped several schools across the world with launching and sustaining effective 1:1 programs over the course of the last decade. In 2018, Tara authored and published the book, Code Equity: Keying Girls into Coding, as a guide for educators looking to make a more equitable learning environment for their students.

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