Over the past year, a group of California-credentialed teachers along with Google engineers came together to discuss and explore ideas about how to incorporate computational thinking into the K-12 curriculum to enhance student learning and build this critical 21st century skill in everyone.
What exactly is computational thinking? Well, that would depend on who you ask as there are several existing resources on the web that may define this term slightly differently. Google defines computational thinking (CT) as a set of skills that software engineers use to write the programs that underlay all of the computer applications you use every day. Specific CT techniques include:
Given the increasing prevalence of technology in our day-to-day lives and in most careers outside of computer science, Google believes that it is important to raise this base level of understanding in everyone.
To this end, Google is introducing you to a new resource: Exploring Computational Thinking. Similar to some of our other initiatives in education, including CS4HS and Google Code University, this program is committed to providing educators with access to our curriculum models, resources, and communities to help them learn more about CT, discuss it as a strategy for teaching and understanding core curriculum, as well as easily incorporate CT into their own curriculum, whether it be in math, science, language, history or beyond. The materials developed by the team reflect both the teachers’ expertise in pedagogy and K-12 curriculum as well as our engineers’ problem-solving techniques that are critical to the tech industry.
Prior to launching this program, Google reached out to several educators and classrooms and had them try our materials. Here’s some of the feedback they received:
To learn more about the program or access CT curriculum materials and other resources, visit www.google.com/edu/ect.
Source: the Official Google Blog