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Computational Thinking Helps Students Learn Language Basics in D.C. Public Schools
Sarah Elwell, Librarian, McKinley Technology High School, Washington, D.C.–
See how Computational thinking helps students demystify language learning. This blog describes how Ignite My Future in School resources encourage students from diverse backgrounds to build a strong foundation for a new language.
Five Core Computational Thinking Skills that Strengthen Students’ Humanities Skills
Danielle Vind, Educator, Milton Public Schools, Milton, Massachusetts–
Learn how computational thinking and digital learning strategies can strengthen students’ writing skills. This blog shows how free materials from Ignite My Future in School help students hone critical thinking skills across every discipline.
Computational Thinking: “Decomposing" Problems & Separating Fact from Fiction
Emily Strickland, 6th grade Math teacher, Beck International Academy, Greenville, South Carolina–
How do you deal with “information overload” in your classroom? In this blog, Math teacher Emily Strickland describes Ignite My Future in School lessons that challenge students to break down difficult questions in creative, collaborative ways. This encourages students to thoughtfully determine the truth in the information they consume.
Making Connections: From Classroom to Career
Nathaniel Wallace, MATLT, MA, Media Arts & Technology Teacher, Prince George’s County Public Schools–
See how computational thinking and project-based learning can keep students engaged by connecting their learning to their lives. This blog describes how Ignite My Future in School helps students experience how they will use their computational thinking skills in future careers.
Avoid Summer Learning Loss with These Family Activities for Middle Schoolers
Allison DeGraaf, Director of Learning and Innovation, Janesville School District–
Discover how to prevent summer learning loss. This blog explains how families can use Ignite My Future in School activities, such as planning an indoor hydro-garden or using data analysis to identify trends with their favorite sports teams, to keep middle school students learning.
The Top 10 Classroom-Ready Computational Thinking Resources for K-12
Dacia Jones, Professional Development Specialist at Discovery Education–
Find resources to bring computational thinking to your classroom. This blog lists sites that help students build 3D prototypes, learn computer coding, understand machine learning, analyze data, and more to supplement Ignite My Future in School.
Simple Strategies to Transform Transdisciplinary Learning with Computational Thinking
Discovery Education Newsroom–
Find out how teachers can employ computational thinking in transdisciplinary learning to grow 21st century skills. This blog describes how Ignite My Future in School activities can help students build and apply critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication skills to real-world problems.