Get to Know Computational Thinking

Poster Session by Jennifer Bond and Mary Wever

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Just What Is Computational Thinking?

"Computer science is having a revolutionary impact on scientific research and discovery. Simply put, it is nearly impossible to do scholarly research in any scientific or engineering discipline without an ability to think computationally. The impact of computing extends far beyond science, however, affecting all aspects of our lives. To flourish in today's world, everyone needs computational thinking. " -Carnegie Mellon's Center for Computational Thinking

"Computational Thinking is the thought processes involved in formulating problems and their solutions so that the solutions are represented in a form that can be effectively carried out by an information-processing agent." -Cuny, Snyder, Wing

Did You Know You Are Already Using Computational Thinking?

ISTE and CSTA have identified 9 core practices. Below we have broken each practice down with examples of how you may have already used computational thinking here at this conference.

How Have You Used Computational Thinking During Your ISTE Experience?

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Resources for Educators


The 5th 'C' of 21st Century Skills? Try Computational Thinking (Not Coding) by Shuchi Grover

It's Time to Demystify Computational Thinking by ISTE Connects

How to Teach Computational Thinking by Stephan Wolfram

How One School District Works Computational Thinking into Every Grade and Class by Chris Berdik

What's the Difference Between Coding and Computational Thinking? by Sheena Vaidyanathan

CT Vocabulary and Progression Chart by ISTE and CSTA

Professional Development:

Computational Thinking Course through Google

ISTE Course...see button below.

Games/Student Projects: Computational Thinking lessons

Agent Sheets: A way to teach game design and computational thinking.

Computational Thinking Starter Activity from TES

Exploring Computational Thinking by Google for Education

Resource Suggestions from Ignite My Future


Overview of Computational Thinking: CAS Barefoot (Great Elementary School Examples)

ISTE CS for All Tools for Computer Science in Education

Register NOW for the ISTE Computational Thinking Course

You can take a FREE 6-week course on Computational Thinking through ISTE. It is a wonderful overview of the concepts of CT, as well as curricular connections. The Fall session is accepting registration for Oct. 14-Dec. 8 course.

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Computational Thinking: What is it? How should it be taught?

You Can Do the Cube

Solving a Rubik's Cube involves a bunch of algorithms! You Can Do the Cube is a great program for educators to lease Rubik's Cubes and engage students in computational thinking and problem solving. They will send you up to 600 cubes to borrow for up to 6 weeks, and they only charge you shipping and handling. Check it out here!
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