Integrating computational thinking in elementary classrooms: Introducing a toolkit to support teachers.
Tuesday, March 19 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Location: Celebrity Ballroom 3
Presider: Douglas Archibald, Brigham Young University, United States
Abstract: Driven by the need for students to be prepared for a world driven by computation, a number of recent educational reforms in science and mathematics have called for computational thinking concepts to be integrated into these content areas. However, in order for computational thinking (CT) to permeate K-12 education, we need to educate teachers about what CT ideas are and how they relate to what happens in their classroom on a day-to-day basis. This paper presents a toolkit to scaffold elementary teachers’ understanding of computational thinking ideas and how to integrate them into their lesson plans.