Computational Thinking - Computer Science

A STRETCh Instructor must include computational thinking skills into their curriculum. Google has an excellent resource to begin exploring this concept. Click on the image below to learn more.

Girls LOVE to create characters!

One of the most successful ways to encourage computational thinking skills is to incorporate computer programming INTO the curriculum. Having students create their own computer games provides for engagement in content, mathematics and computational thinking.

View this ISTE - SIGCT webinar (10-18-2012) to learn more!

Or the 2012 Global Education Conference:

In this project above, students from a 6th grade language arts class made virtual board games of their verb unit. The project included a content checklist, as well as the 21st Century Skills of collaboration through feedback. Students were explicitly taught how to analyze and provide feedback for each other.

These students used Scratch - developed by MIT and the Kindergarten Learning Lab. It provides students with a "drag and drop" environment to begin the process of understanding basic computer programming without knowing how to "code." The best part is that the programming platform is open source - thus free!

Once the students are taught beginning programming skills, this gives them the option of creating a product other than a PowerPoint, Prezi, ToonDoo, Xtranormal commercial or various other technology enhanced products. See the links below for sample of other cross-curricular uses of Scratch.

3rd grade project on Sir Lanka

4th grade after school workshop on creating games
The STRETCh instructor is also working on creating math application projects for students based upon the CCSS in math. Please see the example below. The full file can be downloaded in the file attachments below!


Heidi Williams,
Jun 24, 2012, 5:19 AM