Computers and Critical Thinking
Education and industry experts emphasize critical thinking as a 21st century imperative. Per Bloom’s Taxonomy, critical thinking implies progressing to a higher order of thinking from just remembering facts to understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating and creating. In this program, children learn to utilize spreadsheet as a tool to organize, analyze and synthesize information to help with decision making. They also venture into automation to make fun games like an automated puzzle and MadLibs Robot.
Common Core Mathematical Practice 1 Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them; 2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively; 4 Model with mathematics; 7 Look for and make use of structure; CSTA Computer Science Standards: Computational Thinking Connections L1:6-6, Computing Practice and Programming Using technology tools for creation L1:3-3, L1:6-4, Data collection and analysis L1:3-6, L1:6-10, Computers and Communication Devices Computers L1:3-1, L1:6-1.