Share Paper: Exploring computational thinking and play with preservice and inservice teachers in early childhood and elementary education

  1. Ryan Visser, Clemson University, United States
  2. D. Matthew Boyer, Clemson University, United States
Wednesday, March 28 5:45 PM-7:00 PM Edison Ballroom D

Abstract: Computational thinking practices are important learning outcomes for students of all ages, however, much of the focus is on older students Recently, there has been more attention paid to computational thinking in younger students Specifically, the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) and the Computer Science Teachers Association collaborated on this effort, believing that computational thinking is vital for raising the level of achievement, preparing students for global competitiveness and blending academics with real life” (Sykora, 2014) Through the use of tangible interfaces, physical tools, and digital media, younger learners can engage with computational thinking practices through play in ...