As of September, 2015, we have a new Integrated Computational Thinking project, CHEM+C!
This is exciting work that we are doing in conjunction with University of Texas, Austin.
The new work is an extension and development of our past work on integrated computational thinking project, that had two components:
- A method for development of activities by bringing together VT students (graduates and undergraduates) and K-12 core content teachers (mathematics, science, social sciences, or language arts).
- A strategy for targeting computational thinking opportunities.
The strategy for the development of these activities is to:
- work with core content teachers (mathematics, science, social studies, language arts). The rationale for this is to reach all students.
- find an instructional problem that the core content teachers experience. The rationale for this is to make ultimate adoption more likely.
- ideate on the relationships between the teachers’ instructional problems and computational thinking.
- develop an intervention in the “sweet spot” that both solves the instructional problem and provides a way of addressing an issue in learning to think computationally.
Projects developed include:
Some Integrated Computationl Thinking Activities
|Target Class||Teacher Problem||Starting Approach||Theory of Change||Grover & Pea (2013) criteria|
|8th G Language Arts||"Students get lost doing web searches"||Put students in charge of managing and comparing web search results||Make interesting and relevant the question of how web searches produce results leading to the question of how the students can master these CT tools.||Systematic Processing of Information; Debugging & Systematic Error Detection|
|8th G Earth Science||"Students don't understand scale"||Give students experience with proportional size rather than absolute to anchor their thinking about very large and small objects||Make interesting and relevant how changing a representation (e.g. visualizing, modeling) can change human ideation leading to the questions of how abstraction can be used as a tool.||Abstraction & Pattern Generalization; Iterative, Recursive & Parallel Thinking|
|7th G Social Studies (low SES setting)||"Students have difficulty with sustained debate and discussion"||Engage students with a targeted semi-structured process for categorizing & reflecting about historical documents||Ensure that students are systematic in their categorizations, leading to the perception that systematicity leads to mastery.||Systematic Processing of Information|
|6th G Mathematics (Students failed 5th G standards test)||"Students don't understand fractions; students keep doing the same thing without understanding that the situation is different."||Use the shared digital drumming to focus on the meaning of fractions as divisions of time/along a number line.||Make the question of segmenting time into "wholes" and "parts" interesting; revealing underlying patterns leading to the idea that systematic representational strategies.||Symbolic Systems & Representations|
Here is our initial design paper presented at AERA 2017 SIG-Advanced Technologies for Learning
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CNS-1132227. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.