Category: Computer Science Education

Building skills for life: How to expand and improve computer science education around the world

The goal of CS education is to develop computational thinking skills, which refer to the “thought processes involved in expressing solutions as computational steps or algorithms that can be carried out by a computer” (K-12 Computer Science Framework Steering Committee, 2016). CS education is also distinct from computer or digital literacy, in that it is more concerned with computer design than with computer use. For example, coding is a skill one would learn in a […]

Building skills for life: How to expand and improve computer science education around the world

the report offers transferable lessons learned across a wide range of settings with the aim that all students—regardless of income level, race, or sex—can one day build foundational skills necessary for thriving in the 21st century. Source: Building skills for life: How to expand and improve computer science education around the world

The Great Principles of Computing | American Scientist

All this leads us to the modern catchphrase: “Computing is the study of information processes, natural and artificial.” The computer is a tool in these studies but is not the object of study. As Dijkstra once said, “Computing is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.” Source: The Great Principles of Computing | American Scientist

Abstraction

“Complex virtual worlds such as these are made possible by computer scientists’ ability to distance themselves from the mundane and tedious level of bits and processors through tools of abstraction. To abstract is to describe something at a more general level than the level of detail seen from another point of view.”