November 20, 2022
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Computational thinking (CT) is an essential literacy for all students that combines problem decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction, algorithms, and coding. This week’s update is the first of a two-part series gearing up for the Hour of Code happening December 5–11. This week we are highlighting several CT resources, and next week we will focus on tools to practice coding.
Computational Thinking and Coding with Google Tools
View this recording of a recent OK2Ask virtual workshop to understand the components of computational thinking. Learn strategies to help your students understand problem-solving and logic while expressing their creative side and building perseverance.
Engineer for the Week
Engineer for the Week offers three projects introducing engineering and STEM learning to students ages 11–18. Students work alongside adult facilitators to build technology prototypes that teach various engineering skills.
Transport your students with a series of virtual field trips led by Stanley Black & Decker employees that guide students through the design process. Download an educator guide that shares standards, an overview of the program, and classroom activities.
Create circuit diagrams easily with this drag-and-drop tool after signing up for a free account. Name each element (resistors, etc.), save schematics, and add layers, or click Help to learn common shortcuts for the tool.
Become a member of Traffic Team Alpha. Join the mission to get cars through intersections as quickly as possible by controlling traffic lights. As you complete each mission, move up to more congested intersections and improve your problem-solving skills.
Get Caught Engineering
Explore lessons that offer quick activities using few materials, ideal for effortlessly incorporating engineering and STEM activities into any classroom! Don't miss the blog to find other ideas for incorporating engineering into lessons.
Google CS First
Discover a program that teaches computer science and makes it more accessible by providing lessons based on themes like storytelling, sports, social media, friends, and fashion. You can also explore online training information for teachers/club leaders.
Design 3D models with Tinkercad's easy drag-and-drop interface. Move objects into and out of other objects and quickly zoom in and out. Give ample time for students to play with various shapes and letters to create their projects.
Share this tool your students can use to create interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art. Click on Tutorials to view lesson ideas and instructions for how to use this site. View examples of projects to inspire your students.
Verizon Innovative Learning HQ
Open a free account to access more than 100 lesson plans and PD sessions that provide micro-credentials. Browse featured resources or select activities by content area. Tasks are correlated to ISTE Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
This Week at TeachersFirst
We invite you to join us this Tuesday (11/22) for our final OK2Ask® virtual workshop of 2022 (be on the lookout for information about new sessions that will begin in January 2023)! Check out a blog post about computational thinking and don't forget to give your input in our weekly poll.
Tuesday, 11/22, 7 PM ET
OK2Ask: Tech-Infused Vocabulary Strategies
Engage students and get them excited to jump into learning with tech tools to support direct instruction for vocabulary. Learn to implement direct instruction based on Marzano's strategies to expand vocabulary in all subject areas and increase success.
Understand how to use tech tools to create formative assessments for vocabulary »
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A Guide to Understanding and Implementing Computational Thinking
Read this blog post to learn about an extensive toolkit created by The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Learn how to recognize and highlight the current use of computational thinking in your everyday practice.
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