Algorithmic Thinking in the Classroom: What, Why, How?

Summary

Digital technologies have changed the way we live, study and work, transforming our lives, cities and industries. Artificial Intelligence techniques are being applied to sectors as diverse as healthcare and manufacturing. Similar techniques are increasingly being used for crisis response, environmental challenges, infrastructure management and public policy-making. In all cases it’s “just” algorithms. In an algorithmic-driven world, it becomes vital to provide students with the necessary skills to go beyond the mere consumption of technology, and move into critical judgment and creation. In this interactive workshop, we will talk about algorithmic thinking as step-by-step cognitive strategy to problem-solving that is cornerstone in all coding programs today. We will discuss its main ingredients and benefits, and provide practical strategies to introduce it into middle-years classrooms. Participants will explore several take-away algorithmic activities, from unplugged exercises to simple coding games (e.g. light-bot) to coding using Scratch and Python.

Presenters
Max Stephens
Sebastian Sardina

Session Code Session Date Session Start Session Finish Session Location Places Remaining
I-J-01 06/12/2019 02:30 pm 04:40 pm La Trobe University, Bundoora
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