With the school year about to begin it is time to consider some facts about what your child is going to learn moving forward.
Technology and the growing use of computers and APPS in our lives makes it imperative that our children learn at least the basics of computers science. Understanding what algorithms are and the functionality they play will allow them understand the relationship of the devices and APPS that they use in their everyday life.
As parents and teachers it is critical that we give our children every possible opportunity to be productive and successful members of society.
Google has also created an online course for K-12 teachers to learn about computational thinking and how to make these explicit connections for their students.
Google provides an excellent resource of information and courses that cover children's learning from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
There ECT includes:130+ materials, including lessons plans, demonstrations, and programs, aligned to international education standardsVideos demonstrating how Google uses CT and the 7 Big Ideas from the CS Principles.
Here is an example of what other types of courses are available for teachers and children... Project Bloks is a research project with the aim of creating an open hardware platform to help developers, designers, and researchers build the next generation of tangible programming experiences for kids.
Project Bloks is a research project. It's aim is to create an open hardware platform to help developers, designers, and researchers build the next generation of tangible programming experiences for kids.