Blogger Children and Technology Committee

Computational Thinking, Preschoolers, and Work It Out Wombats

Children’s librarians play an important role in encouraging early literacy through instruction and modeling. But we can go beyond reading literacy and introduce early learners to 21st century competencies that will help them navigate their connected world. One key competency is Computational Thinking (CT). CT is a way to break problems down into parts in order to find a repeatable solution. Although CT as a process can be applied to coding, it also works in other situations. It’s easiest to think of it as a tool for solving problems.  Typically, it’s defined as four processes, as Kaitlen Siu shared in the 2022 Teach Your Kids to Code article What is Computational Thinking:  Making the Connection, a July 2020 article in Public Libraries magazine, shares that by incorporating CT skills in our work with young children, we can support “twenty-first-century competencies of creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication for the young…

ALA Midwinter 2018

A giant game of rock, paper, scissors at #alamw19

The introduction to computational thinking kicked off with a massive game of rock, paper, scissors! The game may seem simple, but it models computational thinking beautifully! Each hand position is a symbol that represents an object, the game involves pattern recognition, background knowledge, and a thorough understanding of the logic. A recording of the session will be available, Paula Langsam and Claudia Haines packed so much wonderful information into the session that it’s definitely worth checking out.