Computational Thinking to Strengthen Elementary Mathematics: Decomposition and Algorithmic Thinking
Thursday, October 10, 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, will review an overview of computational thinking and explore the components of decomposition and algorithmic thinking in more depth. She will introduce you to problems and learning experiences which develop this thinking with age-appropriate tasks. These tasks provide opportunities for unplugged computational thinking—no devices required. See how these ideas develop student thinking in mathematical reasoning and structure.
Join this edWebinar to develop your knowledge of computational thinking. This presentation will be of interest to K-8 teachers and school and district leaders. There will be time to get your questions answered at the end of the presentation.
About 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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