Tata Consultancy Services and Discovery Education have launched Ignite My Future in School, an initiative to transform the way students across America learn through computational thinking, a foundational 21st century skill for successful careers in every sector. The journey into the world of transdisciplinary instruction and computational problem solving starts with the suite of professional development tools. Each of the seven computational thinking strategies (collecting data, analyzing data, finding patterns, decomposing problems, comprehending abstractions, building models, and developing algorithms) includes ideas that educators can use to bridge computer science to each of the four core subjects—language arts, mathematics, science, social studies—as well as across disciplines.
A Microsoftproject will teach blind students from aged 7 to 11 how to program and apply design thinking to projects. Project Torino, as it’s called, uses a “physical programming language”—pods that are connected by the students to build programs.
In Computational Thinking for Educators, Google’s newly launched freeonline course, teachers will learn what computational thinking (CT) is and how it can be integrated into a variety of subject areas.