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Computational Thinking to Strengthen Elementary Mathematics: Patterning and Abstraction

Wednesday September 18, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Presented by Sara Delano Moore, Ph.D., Director of Professional Learning, ORIGO Education

Sponsored by ORIGO Education


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Computers and computer science are an ever-increasing part of our world. Computational thinking is foundational to these fields; it also supports mathematical process and practice standards. Computational thinking includes four core components: patterning, decomposition, algorithmic thinking, and abstraction. How do these ideas support grade-level mathematical concepts and skills? How do they develop the thinking skills required for careers in the STEM fields?

In this edWebinar, Sara Delano Moore, Ph.D., Director of Professional Learning at ORIGO Education, provides an overview of computational thinking and explore the components of patterning and abstraction in more depth. She introduces problems and learning experiences which develop this thinking with age-appropriate tasks. See how these unplugged tasks develop student thinking around mathematical structure and quantitative reasoning.

Watch this edWebinar to learn about essential principles of computational thinking. This recorded presentation will be of interest to K-8 teachers and librarians.

Sara Delano MooreAbout the Presenter

Sara Delano Moore, Ph.D. is the director of professional learning at ORIGO Education and a contributing author to Visible Learning for Mathematics. An experienced teacher and nationally recognized speaker, her work emphasizes the power of deep understanding and multiple representations for learning. Sara’s interests include building conceptual understanding of mathematics to support procedural fluency and applications, incorporating engaging literature into mathematics and science instruction, and connecting mathematics to engineering design in meaningful ways. She is a fourth-generation educator with experience teaching mathematics and science to K-8 students as well as experience teaching pre-service and in-service teachers at the university level. Sara earned her B.A. in natural sciences from Johns Hopkins University, her MSt in general linguistics and comparative philology from the University of Oxford, UK, and her Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Virginia.


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