How to Develop Computational Thinkers

Live Webinar

  • 60 minutes

Computational thinking (CT) is a higher order problem-solving and cross-curricular skill that is needed for coding, but it’s hard for educators to know where to start with this timely topic. In this webinar, we’ll break down the definition of CT and explain how it connects to computer science practices (namely coding) you may already be familiar with. You’ll also get authentic examples that incorporate the ISTE Standards for Students, hear about best practices and discover resources for mastering CT.

Join this session by expert speaker Jorge Valenzuela, where he will conclude the series with a discussion on computational thinking perspectives.

Session Highlights:

  • Teach learners to be computational thinkers (i.e., designers, not end users).

  • Teach students the various computing (computer science) job roles in STEM.

  • Teach kids the basics of coding as a computational thinker.

  • Decomposition: Breaking down data, processes, or problems into smaller, manageable parts

  • Pattern Recognition: Observing patterns, trends, and regularities in data

  • Abstraction: Identifying the general principles that generate these patterns

  • Algorithm Design: Developing the step by step instructions for solving this and similar problems

Why You Should Attend:

Any school or district, wanting to get started in developing or enhancing their Computer Science/STEM educational plan will need to start to understand the needs of students, needs of the workforce and what good pedagogy for Computer Science/STEM looks in classrooms.

Who Should Attend:

  • Teachers

  • Administrators

  • Principals

  • Assistant principals

  • Counselors

  • Instructional coaches/specialists

  • Superintendents

  • Assistant/associate superintendents and Directors.

*You may ask your Question directly to our expert during the Q&A session.

** You can buy On-Demand and view it as per your convenience.

Jorge Valenzuela

Jorge Valenzuela

Jorge Valenzuela has served as an educator for the past 14 years and holds both computer science and administrative credentials. Jorge coaches hundreds of educators – both face to face and virtually in computer science, backward design planning, project-based learning (PBL) and the internationally -acclaimed engineering by design curriculum. He delivers motivational keynotes for universities, school divisions, and educational organizations and is a national faculty of the Buck Institute for Education and a national teacher effectiveness coach with the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association.

Jorge is also a graduate teaching assistant at Old Dominion University in the Department of STEM Education and Professional Studies, where he's also pursuing his doctoral degree in the occupational and technical studies academic program.

In January 2017, Jorge participated as an expert panel member in the U.S. Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus briefing to discuss how federal policy can support the intersection of infrastructure and Career and Technical Education (CTE).

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