4. Computational Thinking: it’s about people too

 

An inspiring unplugged session on teaching computing for teachers.

Overview
Computing is not just about technology, it is about understanding people too. When we solve computing problems we are solving them for people. Computational thinking is the general group of problem solving skills that students learn as a result of studying computing. Often this is equated with algorithmic thinking – a direct result of learning to program. However it just as important to make programs usable by people – or they won’t be used. We will see how magic gives a fun way to introduce these ideas and how a simple game demonstrates why graphical user interfaces are effective.

This session is in collaboration with CHI+MED: an EPSRC funded project about making medical devices safer.

Session material This session will cover:

  • computational thinking: understanding people
  • human computer interaction
  • why GUIs are better than text-based interfaces
  • The importance of data structures

Activities are suitable for all age groups and can be adapted to fit your teaching needs.

Resources
This session comes with linked activity sheets and ‘story’ write-ups that you can download:

Format
This is a self-contained evening interactive seminar session  lasting 60-90 minutes.

Similar sessions on other topics
Want to get up to speed on computing concepts like computational thinking or ideas for how to teach computing in a fun, inspiring way? Teaching London Computing with cs4fn run as series of free one off sessions for teachers of ICT and computing such as this one.

For our programme of longer courses for teachers please see CPD courses.

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5 thoughts on “4. Computational Thinking: it’s about people too

  1. Pingback: *New free workshop* Computational Thinking: it’s about people too – 17 March 2014 @QMUL | Teaching London Computing

  2. Hi

    Do you have a mailing list I can join for when the next one off sessions are available?
    Thanks

  3. Pingback: FREE workshops next week at QMUL, for GCSE Computing teachers | Teaching London Computing

  4. Pingback: CHI+MED and impact on the public (public engagement, #scicomm) | chi+med blog

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