Computational Thinking in Action: Paving the Way for Pre-service Teachers

ID: 54023 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Nadia Jaramillo, Tyanez Jones, and Brittany Sweers, Iowa State University, United States

Tuesday, March 19 2:25-2:45 PM Location: Santa Monica 2

Presider: Ramya Sivaraj, University of Minnesota, United States

Abstract: This paper describes the integration of computational thinking (CT) strategies in a technology integration undergraduate course for pre-service teachers in K-12. The CT strategies have been tailored to address the specific characteristics of the three main disciplines in the course: STEM, humanities and Physical Education (PE), and meet the needs of pre-service teachers in these areas. Drawing from Brennen & Resnick’ (2012) computational thinking framework which involves computational concepts, computational practices, and computational perspectives, and the notion of computational doing (Barr & Stephenson, 2011), this paper presents how these concepts have been incorporated in the labs. Lessons learned and main implications are also shared about CT in the curriculum and practice.


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