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Saturday, January 26 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Why Computational Thinking Matters

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Computers are really good at performing repetitive tasks, calculating without error, and managing large sets of data. One of the most important skills to develop in our students is deciding when and how to use a computer to work more efficiently or quickly than is otherwise possible. This set of skills is part of a topic known as computational thinking. It is a way to help students see the bigger picture of skills we are teaching them in math and science.

Introducing opportunities for students to apply and explore computational thinking concepts is now easier than ever. There are many ways to help students learn how to make computers perform calculations so that the students can focus on figuring out what the numbers mean. This also allows students that have previously been frustrated by mental calculation to get back into the game of understanding abstract ideas and solving problems.

This workshop will share a number of simple ways to introduce computational thinking to students in math and science classes at the middle or high school level. Participants will work through example problems they can use with their students, see examples of how students have used these tools to demonstrate their understanding, and brainstorm ways to include computational thinking activities within existing curriculum. Participants will be able to download all program code and other files used in the workshop.

Tools will include spreadsheets, the program Geogebra www.geogebra.org Python www.python.org ,a free and resource-rich programming language. Participants may want to download Geogebra and Python 2.7 to their computers before the workshop.

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Evan Weinberg

Mathematics Teacher, Saigon South International School
Evan Weinberg has taught mathematics and science at the high school level for the past fourteen years. He worked at public schools in New York City until the fall of 2010, when he moved with his wife to China to begin his international teaching career. He enjoys working to help students... Read More →

Saturday January 26, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am HKT

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