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EDUC 664 Teaching K-12 Computational Thinking (in all curricular areas)

Learn strategies to help students think critically and solve problems creatively using technology.

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Challenges for Computational Thinkers: Robotics, Coding, Makerspaces – A Combination Approach

8+ Ways to Bring Robotics to Your Classroom

Sean Arnold is a NYC District 75 special educator and STEM coach. He provides a video-rich guided tour of robotics. You will see a selection of programmable robots that will get you thinking. (Isn’t that what it’s all about?)

“Perhaps..., you are like me and grew up enjoying R2-D2 and Short Circuit and you relish the opportunity to drive student engagement through computer science in the classroom in a way that is physical and tangible for students."

Makerspaces and Academic Incubators: Giving Innovation on Campus a Home

Daniel Fusch writes, "This generation of students has an entrepreneurial and creative spirit. We just need to create the spaces—innovation centers, makerspaces, academic incubators—that foster their learning and growth as young entrepreneurs."

"Makerspaces are finding homes in K-12 libraries and media centers. But where does ‘maker’ culture fit in higher education? This article delves into to the entrepreneurial space young ‘makers’ crave."

Mindstorms: What did Papert argue and what does it mean for learning and education?

Ground your understanding of makerspaces, computational thinking, coding, robotics and constructionist learning with this synopsis of Seymour Papert’s brilliant and challenging book Mindstorms. Professor Ko provides context and insight that will help you see the timeline of ideas that started it all.

Andy J. Ko says, "(Papert) imagined a world in which children learned just as much about algorithmic thinking as they did about numerical thinking, evening coining the widely used phrase “computational thinking,” in the hopes that thinking like a computer, combined with more powerful representations for making that thinking explicit, would be a path to better learning of all subjects."

Maker Education

Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D., provides a curated selection of maker resources that can keep you clicking and reading for days.  Great videos, infographics, and annotations abound. Here you’ll find games, toys, robots, squishy circuits, artbots, wearables, maker starter guides, and more.

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