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Talking Computational Thinking with some superstars

December 11, 2012

Last week, I was lucky enough to participate in a Google Edu On Air discussion on Computational thinking in the physics classroom. The discussion featured a bevy of teachers who are doing awesome things with computational thinking:

  • Bruce Sherwood, author of Matter and Interactions
  • Evan Weinberg, teacher at Hangzhou International School in China
  • Danny Caballero, Postdoc at CU-Boulder in Physics Education Research
  • Matt Greewolfe, physics teacher at Cary Academy
  • Phil Wagner, googled, former physics and math teacher and now shepherd of Google’s Computational Thinking project.

Here’s the video. If you are looking for a good introduction to what Computational Thinking is, and why it is important for physics teaching, I can think of few better ways to learn about it than listening to these superstars.

Here’s the link to the google sites page.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. thinkingallowedblog permalink
    December 29, 2012 4:31 pm

    Thanks for posting this John! Good to catch up with you online. You started me thinking about computational thinking and its application in the humanities. That is, after I tried to figure out what computational thinking actually was all about. I guess the term is much more familiar to science and math teachers than it is to history teachers!

    • December 31, 2012 2:03 pm

      It’s great to hear from you—I think there are so many applications of computational thinking to history. Just for starters, as we’re seeing more and more historical data go online, I think students can do some pretty interesting work by using computers to help sift and manipulate that data to arrive at new insights. Just as one example, the Google Ngram viewer to compare the frequency of usage of “America” to “United States” for books published between 1600 and 2010 that are part of the Google Books database.

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