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.
SAM Space Education is a programming app for iOS that teaches students how to apply computational thinking to design algorithms and programs. It can be paired with hardware SAM Blocks that feature buttons, DC motors, LED lights, sliders, buzzers, and more.
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.
pi-top is an award-winning ecosystem that gives every learner the opportunity to be inspired by making.pi-top’s award-winning modular computing platform, supported by curriculum tools and software, brings computer science and multidisciplinary STEAM education to life. Learners are invited to work collaboratively on real-world challenges and projects using the pi-top physical computing and coding platform and develop creative, critical, and computational thinking skills. The new pi-top Learning System provides all the tools and support necessary to deliver the very best STEAM education to students. With the pi-top Learning System, educators can develop their students’ digital expertise and equip them with essential skills to thrive in the future. Attending ISTE 2018? Discover the pi-top Learning System at booth 812.