Curriculum activities to foster primary school students’ computational practices in block-based programming environments

Siu Cheung KONG, Hal ABELSON, Josh SHELDON, Chan Chio Andrew LAO, Mike TISSENBAUM, Ming LAI, Karen LANG, Natalie LAO

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Abstract

As digital technology is increasingly a part of all sectors of society, educational approaches must be developed in order to nurture students’ ability to see the world through a computational lens. One way to achieve this goal is to promote Computational Thinking (CT) for young learners. The CoolThink@JC project is a four-year curriculum pilot designed to integrate CT into Hong Kong upper-primary level schools. The CoolThink framework for curriculum development is structured around computational concepts, practices and perspectives adapted from the framework of Brennan and Resnick (2012). This adapted framework motivated the choice of learning activities for CoolThink. This paper focuses on one aspect of that framework, namely computational practices. Here, we describe how activities in the CoolThink curriculum can promote the computational practices highlighted by the framework.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017

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Kong, S.-c., Abelson, H., Sheldon, J., Lao, A., Tissenbaum, M., Lai, M., et al. (2017, July). Curriculum activities to foster primary school students’ computational practices in block-based programming environments. Paper presented at the International Conference on Computational Thinking Education 2017 (CTE2017), Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, China.

Keywords

  • Computational thinking
  • Programming education
  • Curriculum activities
  • K-12 education