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Computational Thinking Is for Everyone

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 204A

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EPIC Partnership Coordinator
Sheryl joined the Texas Advanced Computing Center team in 2019 as a contractor to work on the K-12 Computer Science Pathways grant funded by the KLE Foundation. Prior to that she worked with WeTeach_CS to provide training in Computational Thinking, Foundations of Computer Science for Teachers and Launch CS. Her previous work experience includes fifteen years as a math/science/STEM specialist for Region 3 Education Service Center, six years serving as the Assistant Director of the South Texas Rural Systemic Initiative funded by NSF and twelve years as a high school math, science and programming teacher.

Session description

Computational thinking (CT) is an essential skill for students and educators alike. This systematic approach to solving problems is at the foundation of computer science and many other subject areas. Join us for an introduction to computational thinking and its four key concepts of decomposition, patterns, abstraction and algorithms.

Purpose & objective

Lesson plans or instructional activities/strategies will be shared to integrate Computational Thinking into the core subject areas of Math, Science and English Language Arts. The Computational Thinking curriculum incorporates the four elements of computational thinking (decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction, and algorithm design) in a project-based approach to learning within core subject areas. In each subject-area module, students use computational thinking and the engineering design process to master grade level standards. The modules also provide guidance to teachers about how to embed computational thinking vocabulary into everyday learning experiences.

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Engagement--CT openers include algorithm development and cipher activity 10 minutes. (game and puzzle)
Examine Four Key Concepts of Computational Thinking 20 minutes (puzzle)
Examine Curriculum modules 10 minutes device-based engagement
Q&A and register for curriculum modules device based engagement

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Supporting research

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Session specifications

Computer science & computational thinking
Grade level:
Skill level:
Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices required
Attendee device specification:
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
Subject area:
Computer science, Math
ISTE Standards:
For Educators:
  • Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.