Menglin Hu | Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design | Mathematics Science and Technology

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Communication, Media & Learning Technologies Design

In the Department of Mathematics, Science & Technology

Transdisciplinary curriculum for computational thinking

Menglin Hu, M.A. in Instructional Technology and Media

The concept computational thinking was initially proposed by Jeanette Wing in 2006, which is defined as the thought processes of solving problems. It has been proposed that incorporating computational thinking into K-12 education will better prepare the students for the new requirement of the society. However, there still lacks the effort to develop curriculum of computational thinking for school schedule. This curriculum design is an effort to integrate computational thinking into existing curriculum through a transdisciplinary approach, which encourages the teachers in multiple disciplines to work together to foster meaningful learning. The curriculum is designed to minimize the requirement of technology resources so that it can cater to a wider range of target users as discussed. 9 major concepts of computational thinking in this curriculum design are introduced as well as incorporated in the detailed unit plan with the recommended assessment methods and technological resources. The direction for further work is also discussed.

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