Integrating Computational Thinking into the Curriculum

Thanks for Racquel Carlow for this submission…

“Computational thinking is a fundamental skill for everyone, not just for computer scientists.”  So claims Jeannette Wing, currently a computer
science professor at Columbia U and former VP of Microsoft Research.  “To reading, writing, and arithmetic, we should add computational thinking to
every child’s analytical ability”. Continue reading

A FRAMEWORK FOR DEVELOPING A STUDENT-LED LAB ACTIVITY

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by Erin Turner

Intention:

The nature of physics experiments (in the high school classroom) creates a perfect situation to allow students to generate their own testable questions. Many of the safety concerns that might exist in other disciplines can often be avoided when teaching classical physics, as the materials are much more benign. This catalyst was originally designed and tested in an SPH 3U classroom using the concept of friction, but it could be easily adapted to other classes and scenarios.

Scaffolding:

While presenting this process to the class, the steps were outlined using a simple scenario of the students’ choosing (ex/ Does mass have an impact on the coefficient of static friction?). Particular attention was paid to identifying variables (independent, dependent, and controlled), as this tends to be a stumbling block for students, even at the senior level. Using the terms Manipulated Variable and Responding Variable helped clarify for students the relationship between variables more than the traditional Independent/Dependent phrasing.

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I Notice, I Wonder – LEARN Strategy

The K20 Center examines I Notice, I Wonder, an instructional strategy that helps students create good questions from the information at hand by writing down what they notice and what they wonder about a new topic. Support active learning in your classroom with this series of videos on instructional strategies, their strengths, and their uses. Continue reading

A FRAMEWORK FOR DEVELOPING A STUDENT-LED LAB ACTIVITY

By Erin Turner…..

Intention:

The nature of physics experiments (in the high school classroom) creates a perfect situation to allow students to generate their own testable questions. Many of the safety concerns that might exist in other disciplines can often be avoided when teaching classical physics, as the materials are much more benign. Continue reading