Free Google Online Course on Computational Thinking For Educators Worldwide
Google is offering a free online self-paced course on Computational Thinking. This is open to educators and teachers worldwide. The goal of this course is to help educators learn about computational thinking (CT), how it differs from computer science, and how it can be integrated into a variety of subject areas.
Computational Thinking (CT).
CT is a problem solving process that includes a number of characteristics and dispositions. CT is essential to the development of computer applications, but it can also be used to support problem solving across all disciplines, including the humanities, math, and science. Students who learn CT across the curriculum can begin to see a relationship between academic subjects, as well as between life inside and outside of the classroom.
The course is divided into five units:
- Introducing Computational Thinking
- Exploring Algorithms
- Finding Patterns
- Developing Algorithms Final Project
This course was designed and developed by several collaborators including: The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and the UK Computing at School working group (CAS) and representatives from the Education Industry. This course should take between 15-30 hours to complete.
- As a course participant, you will increase your awareness of CT, explore examples of CT integrated into your subject areas, experiment with examples of CT-integrated activities for your subject areas, and create a plan to integrate CT into your own curricula
- Downloadable certificates of completion will be given when you complete the final project by 11.59pm PST, 30th of September, 2015.
- This course is open to educators worldwide!
- A Google account is required and basic familiarity and comfort using a web browser is helpful.
- Knowledge of Google’s products or computer science is not required.
- Prior programming knowledge is not required.
How to Enroll
Complete and submit the online registration form.
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