Teaching computational thinking to 8-year-olds through ScratchJr

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Abstract

This synopsis presents the preliminary results of a larger study that aims to uncover design principles for teaching computational thinking to primary school children. This research focuses on teaching computational thinking to 8-year-olds through Scratch Jr. By engaging in a cyclic process in which we create lesson materials and use evaluation data to improve them, we formulate design principles and provide teachers with sample course materials.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
Pages359-360
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-4704-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2017
Event2017 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education - Bologna, Italy
Duration: 3 Jul 2017 → …

Conference

Conference2017 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
CountryItaly
CityBologna
Period3/07/17 → …

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Keywords

  • computers
  • programming
  • primary schools

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Faber, H., & Wierdsma, M. (2017). Teaching computational thinking to 8-year-olds through ScratchJr. In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (pp. 359-360) https://doi.org/10.1145/3059009.3072986