The article "Computational Thinking: A Digital Age Skill for Everyone, by
We have so many technology tools around us that to me, it would be a crime to not take advantage of the assistance they provide-especially with problem solving. We are at the point where most of us can not get through a day without the use of a computer or similar device. They have become an integral part of our lives. By using computational thinking skills in the classroom, we are giving kids the opportunity to use these problem-solving tools for life. It is inevitable that technology will continue to grow, so why would we not embed it into the classroom learning?
In life outside the classroom students will need to learn how to solve problems in a more efficient way than to just follow a step-by-step, linear math problem. In the future, students will need to look at problems in a way that they can solve them without a linear equation. They must be able to use other tools to create a new way of looking at a problem to solve it efficiently. We need students in K-12 to be exposed to computational thinking in the classroom. It is going to be an important tool in life and it only makes sense to take advantage of the tools we have to further our problem solving skills. I think that schools are going to need to make a major effort to integrate computational thinking into all the subject matter in the classroom. We need to keep up with technology if we want to give the opportunity for a bright future to our children.
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Barrl, D., Harrision, J. and Conery, L. (2011, March/April). Computaional Thinking: a Digital Age Skill for Everyone, 38 (1)