National Academies Report on Computational Thinking Released

April 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment

I just received word that a National Academies report on computational thinking has just been released.  It’s a great committee that wrote the report: Marcia Linn, Al Aho, Yasmin Kafai, Janet Kolodner (from Georgia Tech!), Larry Snyder, and Uri Wilensky. (I don’t know Brian Blake or Bob Constable, but I’d like to meet them. They’re in a good crowd!) The PDF is free to download, and I’m looking forward to reading it.

Report of a Workshop on the Scope and Nature of Computational Thinking presents a number of perspectives on the definition and applicability of computational thinking. For example, one idea expressed during the workshop is that computational thinking is a fundamental analytical skill that everyone can use to help solve problems, design systems, and understand human behavior, making it useful in a number of fields. Supporters of this viewpoint believe that computational thinking is comparable to the linguistic, mathematical and logical reasoning taught to all children.

via Report of a Workshop on The Scope and Nature of Computational Thinking.

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