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These skills are critical in order to be successful in the 21st century workforce.
Shuchi Grover, a former senior research scientist at SRI International’s Center for Technology in Learning, wrote recently in EdSurge that computational thinking should be the 5th 'C' of 21st century skills. "There is growing recognition in the education systems around the globe that being able to problem-solve computationally—that is, to think logically and algorithmically, and use computational tools for creating artifacts including models and data visualizations—is rapidly becoming a prerequisite competency for all fields."
According to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), "Computational thinking (CT) is no longer a concept discussed only in computer science or coding classes. Educators are finding that computational thinking is a cross-disciplinary skill and is just as relevant in language arts and math classes. Educators are becoming skilled at incorporating CT components like decomposition, generalizing, algorithmic thinking, evaluation and abstraction – no matter the subject area. Together, these steps teach students the foundations of how to approach a problem and solve it using reasoning, creativity and expression, as well as providing a new way to demonstrate content knowledge."
To put it simply, computational thinking skills prepare students to solve real, complex problems beyond the classroom, and there's a real urgency to providing students this type of education so they're ready for future careers.
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