The highly successful 'Computer Science Unplugged' (CSU) project has won numerous science communication awards. It has been translated into 17 languages and is used around the world.
CSU has been praised by the ACM, by the US Computer Science Teachers Assoc, and is part of a program at Carnegie Mellon on computational thinking. Two of the keynote speakers (Mike Fellows from Charles Darwin University and Tim Bell from Christchurch, NZ) are the creators of the CSU project. Google has supported an extensive website for CSU, and there is a dedicated YouTube educational channel so teachers can see how children use the activities.
At this conference, we will take CSU to a whole new orbital. The activities we create at this conference will include an Aboriginal story, and will show how computational thinking can be incorporated into other subjects with competencies for the 21st Century.
For an example of Both-Ways philosophy in action, see Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary and the Charles Darwin University Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE). They are creating pathways to build the social, human, economic and identity capital of Indigenous peoples across Australia.
Graduates of Batchelor Institute:
- hold a both-ways philosophy in lifelong learning and professional practicehave self confidence and a strong sense of identity
- value learning, critical analysis, creativity and Indigenous scholarship
- be a strategic thinker who can make and implement decisions
- appreciate, value and operate in culturally and intellectually diverse environments
- work professionally and ethically, independently or with others
- accept individual and community responsibility and obligations.
- the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE) will provide pathways to build the social, human, economic and identity capital of Indigenous peoples across Australia.
Countries around the world from Alberta, Canada to Singapore are embracing a holistic, relationship oriented view of education. The Ministry of Education of Singapore says:
The desired outcomes for every student are:
- a confident person who has a strong sense of right and wrong, is adaptable and resilient, knows himself, is discerning in judgment, thinks independently and critically, and communicates effectively
- a self-directed learner who questions, reflects, perseveres and takes responsibility for his own learning
- an active contributor who is able to work effectively in teams, is innovative, exercises initiative, takes calculated risks and strives for excellence
- a concerned citizen who is rooted to Singapore, has a strong sense of civic responsibility, is informed about Singapore and the world,and takes an active part in bettering the lives of others around him .
Singapore Alberta, Canada
- MOE to Enhance Learning of 21st Century Competencies and Strengthen Art, Music and Physical Education, press release available on the Ministry of Education website.
- Competencies for 21st Century Learning
The impact of computing extends far beyond science. Computing is affecting all aspects of our lives. To flourish in today's world, everyone needs computational thinking.
Originating in a seminal paper by Jeanette Wing, now Dept Chair at Carnegie-Mellon, the vision of computational thinking has spread around the world.
The Center for Computational Thinking seeks to advance computing research and advocate for the widespread use of computational thinking to improve people's lives.