Why was the Computational Thinking (CT) Task Force formed?
One of the primary purposes of the CSTA is to support K-12 CS educators. Thus, it’s important that the CSTA be aware of current developments in computer science education, including Computational Thinking (CT), so we can take advantage of new opportunities and new partnerships. The CT Task Force was formed to advise the organization about how to connect with and respond to new Computational Thinking initiatives.
Who are the members of the CT Task Force?
In July 2014, the CT Task Force re-assembled with these members:
Irene Lee, Chair (Santa Fe Institute, Project GUTS)
Fred Martin, Co-Chair (University of Massachusetts Lowell)
J. Philip East (University of Northern Iowa)
Diana Franklin (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Shuchi Grover (Stanford University)
Roxana Hadad (Northeastern Illinois University)
Joe Kmoch (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Michelle Lagos (American School of Tegucigalpa)
Eric Snow (SRI International)
What does the CT Task Force do?
This year, we are focusing on CT in K-8 teaching and learning. This is a pressing need, and we would like to understand the scope of what is being called “computational thinking” in K-8: how it is being defined, what tools and curricula are being used to teach computational thinking, and how it is being assessed. Task Force members also participate on related efforts, such as developing proposals for providing professional development in CT through the CSTA.
How does the CT Task Force serve the CSTA membership?
We serve the membership by:
1) Writing, publishing and disseminating papers on CT
2) Coordinating efforts to inform K-8 educators about CT
3) Making presentations on CT at educational conferences
4) Updating the CT webpage on the CSTA website
We welcome suggestions and contributions from the CSTA membership on ways the CT Task Force can better serve you.