thinkingcomputationally has written 30 posts for Computational Thinking in School (K-12)

Computational Thinking: The Third Pillar of the Scientific Method

In a recent article, one of the originators of the whole Computational Thinking paradigm, Jeannette Wing wrote: “… I knew that in the science and engineering disciplines, computation would be the third pillar of the scientific method, along with theory and experimentation. After all, computers were already used for simulation of large, complex physical and … Continue reading

Authentic Learning: A way forward in educating our children for the future

Definition of Authentic: ´‘of undisputed origin and not a copy; genuine.’ Authentic Learning though is: ‘… real life learning.  ´It is a style of learning that encourages students to create a tangible, useful product to be shared with their world’ ´Or a fancy new term for  ‘Real-World Project Based Learning’ Why Authentic Learning: Authentic learning requires a … Continue reading

A World Class IT Syllabus For Senior Secondary Students?

What Should A World Class IT Syllabus Look Like For Senior Secondary Students? Given the international nature of education today and the growing globalisation of jobs and markets due to IT, it seems to me that we should continue to evaluate what the best foundational IT syllabus should contain, both in terms of theory and … Continue reading

The Answer to the Wage Gap – Teach Girls to Code

In this short, but inspiring TED talk, Education activist and founder of ‘Girls Who Code’, Reshma Saujani argues that: “We’re raising our girls to be perfect, and we’re raising our boys to be brave…”  Saujani has taken up the charge to socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program — two skills they need … Continue reading

Authentic Learning – a presentation to Junior High School teachers

The presentation I gave last week to some of the Junior High teachers at SPLC, included some reference to the use of Computational Thinking as part of the Authentic Learning approach. The video is here https://goo.gl/zk1fK1, and the powerpoint is on Slideshare here.

Authentic Learning: Conceptual Understanding Meets Applied Problem Solving

I think that with David B Hawley having been recently appointed the Chief Academic Officer for the International Baccalaureate (IB), the IB has great potential to develop and model ‘best practice’, in learning and teaching. Please follow the link to a great article by David Hawley.  While you may not agree with all of his … Continue reading

Computational Thinking in Education from K to 12: Time to embrace and use to transform the curriculum?

There is a growing awareness, especially amongst IT professionals, career advisors and even parents of school-aged children, that Computational Thinking (CT) needs to be a part of education across the whole Primary and Secondary educational landscape, not just a part of optional IT subjects in the Senior High School years. This does not necessary mean … Continue reading

Edutech 2015: Day 2 Overview

I didn’t find Day 2 as enlightening as Day 1, but that may have been in part that Day 1 was long and exhausting and I was already feeling a little over-whelmed! The first Keynote  was Eric Sheninger a ‘Thought Leader on Digital Leadership’ (I think I’ll award myself that title as well!) Part of … Continue reading

EduTech 2015 – Day 1 Highlights

The first Keynote was Eric Mazur, from Harvard who spoke on ‘Assessment: The Silent Killer of Learning’. This was a powerful, engaging and insightful presentation. He argued that we should focus first on solving authentic problems, and work backwards from this goal to how we assess it and then how we teach it. i.e. Start … Continue reading

Teaching Digital Technologies/Computational Thinking in Junior High

I believe that the evidence is extremely strong that Digital Technologies should be a separate subject in Years 7 and 8 in Australia. This evidence is not only from peak IT Educational bodies, but from all the leading IT Professional associations; from our leading politicians; as well as from the experiences in the USA, New … Continue reading