Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Building 21st Century Skills with Computer Science

Students at Howe Manning Elementary School have been participating in the ‘Hour of Code’ this week.  They are using the puzzles on to develop 21st Century Skills.  

Students work on a puzzle to make their character move to a certain location.  They use building blocks of code that have directions in which to move.  Critical thinking and problem solving (as well as patience) are essential when building these commands.

Massachusetts Technology Literacy Standards and Expectations
Standard 3. Demonstrate the ability to use technology for research, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation.
G3-5: 3.6   With teacher direction, use appropriate technology tools to define problems and propose hypotheses.
G6-8: 3.4   Independently use appropriate technology tools (e.g., graphic organizer) to define problems and propose hypotheses.

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards:
1.  Creativity and Innovation
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
4. Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making
Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve
problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.
6. Technology operations and concepts
Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.

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