CSTA Computational Thinking Task Force
The purpose of the CSTA Computational Thinking Task Force is to inform and advise CSTA about current developments in computational thinking (CT) and
to explore and disseminate teaching and learning resources related to CT. The Task Force will recommend possible projects and directions, and keep the
CSTA Board apprised of new developments and initiatives, possible projects for CSTA.
Task Force Members:
Valerie Barr, Chair (Union College);
Steve Cooper (Stanford/Purdue);
Philip East (U. of Northern Iowa);
Betsy Frederick (New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge);
Irene Lee (Santa Fe Research Institute/Project GUTS);
Albert Lilly (Alabama School of Mathematics and Science) and
Chris Stephenson (CSTA)
Computational Thinking Resources
Computational Thinking Flyer
This one-page flyer provides an operational definition for computational thinking, describing its characteristics and the dispositions and attitudes
essential to it. Click here to download
Download the Computational Thinking Teacher Resources
CSTA and ISTE intend for the CT Teacher Resources to reflect our commitment to the universal idea that CT can work across all disciplines and with all
school-age children. The CT Teacher Resources are an introductory package of prototype materials which include:
Download the Computational Thinking Leadership Toolkit
- An operational definition of CT for K-12 Education
- A CT vocabulary and progression chart
- Nine CT Learning Experiences
- CT classroom scenarios
This companion piece to the Computational Thinking Teacher Resources includes:
Research Notebook: Computational Thinking-What and Why?
- Making the Case for CT
- Resources for Creating Systemic Change
- Implementing Strategies Guide
This pdf is from a presentation given by Jeannette Wing at the OurCS Workshop at Carnegie Mellon University on March 4, 2011. It provides several rich
examples of the use of computational thinking in diverse disciplines. Click here to download
Computational Thinking NGRAM
This NGRAM shows the the frequency of usage of the term "computational thinking" in English between 1940 and 2010. View the NGRAM here
Research Notebook: Computational Thinking-What and Why?
This new article by Jeannette Wing of Carnegie Mellon University further develops her argument about the importance of computational thinking and its
application across disciplines, with a particular focus on abstraction. Click here for online article
CSTA/ISTE Computational Thinking Workshop
The following materials were created as part of a project undertaken by CSTA and ISTE and supported by the National Science Foundation.
Bringing Computational Thinking to K-12
In this article Barr and Stephenson describe in more detail, an operational definition for computational thinking in K-12. They contend that the process
of increasing student exposure to computational thinking in K-12 is complex, requiring systemic change, teacher engagement, and development of significant
resources and that collaboration with the computer science education community is vital to this effort. This project is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. 0964217 and 1030054.
Click here to download
Computational Thinking: A Digital Age Skill
In this article, Barr, Harrison and Conery argue the importance of making computational thinking accessible for K-12 students. They detail how it differs
from other curriculum areas and why students need to understand how, when, and where computers and other digital tools can help solve problems, and how to
communicate with others who can assist us with computer-supported solutions. Click here to download
CT Example Chart
This chart provides some simple examples of computational thinking activities across multiple K-12 academic subject
areas. Click here to download
CT Implementation Matrix
This matrix outlines the complex mix of stakeholders and strategies required to ensure that computational thinking is widely implemented across multiple
disciplines in K-12. Using a tri-level timeframe (short term, mid term, and long term) it proposes needed activities and outcomes for multiple stakeholders,
organized by stakeholder group. Click here to download
Computational Thinking Resource Set:
A Problem-Solving Tool for Every Classroom
Computational thinking is integrating the power of human thinking with the capabilities of computers, and it is a required
skill for 21st-century success. This resource is made up of three parts: a brochure, a ppt. file, and a Camtasia
presentation movie file.
Computational Thinking Brochure:
The cards in this file list simulation and modeling resources for a variety of curriculum areas. Share them with your
fellow teachers. Encourage them to "think computationally" by moving technology projects beyond "using" tools and
information, toward "creating" tools and information.
Download the brochure here!
Computational Thinking PPT:
This PowerPoint presentation explores computational thinking as an analytical tool for problem solving using models and
methods from computer science. Discover what computational think is, what it's not, and how it can become a part of the
toolset you use to raise the thinking level of students in every subject and every classroom.
Download the ppt. file here!
Computational Thinking Camtasia Presentation:
This wmv file expands the details in the Computational Thinking PowerPoint presentation with deeper explanations and
illustrations. Listen to a description of practical classroom applications that encourage students to move toward a more
powerful and creative use of technology.
Download the presentation movie file (zipped) here!
Google Computational Thinking Repository
Several committed teachers in collaboration with Google engineers have put together classroom-ready lessons, examples, and programs illustrating how
educators can incorporate computational thinking (CT) into the K-12 curriculum. Educators are encouraged to re-use and adapt these resources to suit the
needs of their classrooms as well as build and share their own CT curriculum. Note: All provided materials are under the Creative Commons license.
Exploring Computational Thinking website link:
ECT Repository link:
The Trouble with Computational Thinking
In this thoughtful one-pager, University of South Carolina student Elizabeth Jones discusses her concerns with Computational Thinking.
Download the one-pager here