iMPaCT: a Media-Propelled introduction to Computational Thinking

March 11, 2010 at 4:16 pm 1 comment

Two cool Media Computation-related SIGCSE 2010 sessions going on in parallel:

  • We had a great session on Variations on a Theme, different ways that people are doing media computation. Here’s a blog entry by someone in the audience about the session. Presentations are posted here.
  • Eric Freudenthal presented his version of JES at SIGCSE 2010 and how he teaches computational thinking with a “Media-Propelled” focus:

Media-Propelled Computational Thinking introduces students with weak mathematical maturity to the basics of programming through multimedia, and then uses these programming techniques to examine basic functions that draw lines and curves.  At the end of the course students use these same techniques to explore the principles underlying familiar dynamic processes such as ballistics and resonance.

Media-Propelled Computational Thinking uses easily taught and adaptable programming concepts as a framework for modeling the behavior of physical objects.   The course reinforces the concepts and intuitions of pre-calculus and mathematical modeling by engaging students in hands-on simulations of physical systems.  An Introduction to Computational Systems teaches the foundations of programming while promoting mathematical competence necessary for academic success.

via iMPaCT Home (iMPaCT: a Media-Propelled introduction to Computational Thinking).

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