In the ever-evolving world we live in today, dealing with complex situations and changing the fundamental approach to the way we do things become essential.
It is said that by the middle of the 21st century, Computational skills will be an essential skill like reading, writing, and arithmetic!
Computational thinking is a problem-solving method that involves analysing and processing data and expressing problems and their solutions in a way that a computer can execute. It involves the use of problem-solving methods to decompose the problem into smaller, manageable subproblems, and identifying the right abstractions to deal with scale and complexity. Further, it is used to find existing patterns or models that can be adapted and building an algorithm to solve the problem.
Computational Thinking is the life skill that will transcend your students into problem solvers. Learning these skills will help students in gaining an edge in every field of their choice.
Introducing Cambridge 'Coding Sandpit', a dynamic eight-level series for teaching and learning of computational thinking and programming. The series has been developed keeping in mind the wide scope and application of computational thinking, problem solving and critical reasoning skills in our lives in the digital era.
The program aims to enable the young learners to:
- Use Computational Thinking to solve problems across different subjects
- Make them skill- ready for the Digital Revolution
- Program a computer to solve complex tasks
- Obtain solutions in a systematic manner
- Explore ideas and articulate solutions as algorithms
The series is authored by The Association for Computing Machinery, which is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. It is famous for handing out the Annual Turing Award which is considered as the Nobel Prize for Computing.
To make it engaging and interactive, students get access to a digital programming environment by Code Monkey. The platform fosters in a deep understanding of technology and pedagogy, and the result is a situation that both teachers and kids enjoy tremendously.
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Why teach Computational Thinking?
Computational Thinking forms the foundation for logical thinking and problem solving skills. These are essential 21st century skills required in any field of study and profession today. By including Computational Thinking in your teaching schedule you can ensure a holistic development of your student making them future ready and also ensure better performance of students in all the other subjects in their curriculum.
Who will teach the subject? Which teacher fits best?
Computational thinking is a methodical way of thinking and it lends itself to all subjects. It can be used to find solutions to questions pertaining to any topic. It is subject agnostic and hence ideally all subjects should include computational thinking in their teaching methods. However, the closest subjects to Computational Thinking are Maths and Computer Science. We recommend that CT be taught by the Computer Science teacher in close association with the Math and other subject teachers.
Does CT become an additional burden? There is no space in our calendars to fit in another course.
Coding Sandpit series of books have been designed to be very easy to implement in class. They are activity based and involve simple games and activities to be conducted with the class collectively. These activities draw from concepts and topics learnt in other subjects and not heavily time consuming at all. Far from being a burden this becomes a fun filled activity based skill development class for your students.
How does it fit into the teaching of Computer Science?
The best application of Computational Thinking is in Programming. The skills developed in CT are directly applicable in finding programmable solutions to computer science problems. Thus, Computer Science happens to be the most apt application of CT skills.
How does the book and platform go together? Are they linked in any way?
The Coding Sandpit books provide a strong base for building of CT skills in the students and introduce them softly to the concepts involved in programming. They prepare students to formulate skills that they can then apply while implementing programming on the Digital Programming Environment provided to them. Every theme links itself to a certain set of challenges on the platform and this mapping is provided to the teacher in the Teacher's Books.
What kind of training can you provide the teachers?
We conduct detailed training sessions for teachers during implementation of the product as well as post implementation where we provide necessary intervention in terms of guidance and assistance for conducting CT classes.
Can teacher monitor the progress of the student and evaluate their performance on the Digital Programming platform?
Yes. Students' performance data is available to the teacher in the teacher login of the platform. They can monitor the progress of every student by topic and by number of challenges and also extract performance reports from the platform.
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