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ISTE | Embed Computational Thinking into PBL

Updated: Jan 18, 2021

Like many of my students, my daughter, Anisa, is very familiar with using electronic circuits to make designs cool inventions. So, when I told Anisa and her classmates that we were going to incorporate computational thinking (CT) into a project-based learning (PBL) experience called the Computational Thinker’s Project, I was surprised by her question. “Isn’t coding only used by highly intelligent computer programmers?" she asked apprehensively. I explained that coding is, indeed, a skill used by computer programmers. But CT is a process that can be understood by both machines and humans — and learning it would make her a better coder.

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