Latice 2017: Supporting Computational Thinking Development in K-6

A paper exploring the activity-basis of our CSER Foundations-6 MOOC has been accepted for Latice 2017. This paper provides an overview of the MOOC content, exploring examples of what computational thinking can look like within a K-6 context.

Katrina Falkner, Rebecca Vivian and Nickolas Falkner, Supporting Computational Thinking Development in K-6. Accepted for Latice 2017.

This paper describes the CSER Digital Technologies MOOC curriculum, which aims to build confidence and awareness of fundamental computational thinking skills for teachers within the K-6 context. The CSER MOOC builds upon recent advances in the development of the Australian Curriculum Digital Technologies learning area, which explicitly addresses the development of computational thinking skills, moving ICT education away from digital literacy towards embedding the skills needed for the next generation to become creators of technology. The CSER MOOC presents a broad coverage of core computational thinking concepts, with a focus on integrating with existing learning areas and appropriate pedagogy for the K-6 context. In this paper, we discuss our course curriculum, its alignment with key concepts from the formal curriculum state- ments, example teacher assessments, and discuss key challenges and concerns.

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