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.
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.
High school math classes focus traditionally on solving equations; the world of mathematical modeling emphasizes creating equations. The nonprofit Association of Computational and Mathematical Modeling (AoCMM) is developing a freemathematicalmodeling curriculum that it plans to share with teachers by early 2017.
BCS, the Chartered Institute of IT, in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Engineering in the United Kingdom (UK), have developed freely downloadable guides to the UK’s new computational thinking curriculum. The guides were written especially for primary (elementary) and secondary teachers to demystify the study of computational thinking in primary and secondary schools.