July 4, 2015
Several students confound computational thinking with computer science when, in fact, the two refers to two different concepts. Computer science is the corpus of knowledge and studies that deal with computation and the ways computers function. Computational thinking is a cognitive process that involves the use of different skills and ways of thinking to solve computational problems and to write computer programs.
As a method of thinking, computational thinking is not restricted solely to computer applications but applies to any other discipline or content area that requires thinking and problem solving. In this sense, computational thinking is ‘a problem solving process that includes a number of characteristics and dispositions. 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.’
In this regard, Google in collaboration with representatives from leading educational and scientific platforms have put together this free online course entitled ‘Computational Thinking for Educators‘ introducing teachers to the importance of computational thinking. The course is particularly intended for educators working with students between the ages of 13 and 18 who are interested in enhancing their teaching with creative thinking and problem solving.’
Watch the video below to learn more about Computational Thinking for Educators.