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Computational Thinking and Educational Technology

, , The University of Arizona South, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Denver, Colorado, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-95-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


The latest National Educational Technology Standards (NETS, 2011) put forward a new set of resources on computational thinking (CT) and pointed out computer science teachers’ changing roles in the classrooms. According to the ISTE website (2012), computational thinking is not only for computer science teachers but anybody who like to use a new set of problem solving strategies to tackle issues and problems of the digital age. This paper will start with a literature review on computational thinking and then discuss possible contributions of the educational technology field to the teaching of CT skills. A sample activity plan for educational technology will also be provided.


Czerkawski, B. & Xu, L. (2012). Computational Thinking and Educational Technology. In T. Amiel & B. Wilson (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2012--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 2607-2610). Denver, Colorado, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 26, 2019 from .


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