Computational Thinking – The New 21st Century Skill for K-12 Students

Came across a very good computational thinking piece from: http://computinged.wordpress.com Computational thinking is the thought processes involved in formulating problems and their solutions so that the solutions are represented in a form that can effectively be carried out by an information-processing agent. The article goes on to expand on this definition and offer examples.  She says, “Computational thinking overlaps with logical thinking and systems thinking. It includes algorithmic thinking and parallel thinking, which in turn engage other kinds of thought processes, such as compositional reasoning, pattern matching, procedure thinking, and recursive thinking.”  Jeannette pointed to a section of the paper on “Benefits of Computational Thinking” as being key: Computational thinking enables you to bend computation to your needs. It is becoming the new literacy of the 21st century. Why should everyone learn a little computational thinking? Cuny, Snyder and I advocate these…

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Discovery, Project Based, and Constructivist Learning in Immersive Environments for STEM Learning

I am obviously not unbiased when it comes to how I feel students learn STEM concepts (and my opinion that the seeds of STEM professionals are planted before puberty ).  I am likewise not unbiased when it comes to the platforms that I feel lend themselves best to these methods.  My bias towards discovery learning, the project based approach, and constructivism Im sure is relatively apparent from the past five years of this blog & its posts. Likewise my bias towards 3D immersive environments, games, and simulations as the most ideal platform other than the real thing (it tends to be easier to teach about the moon in a virtual moon simulation rather than shipping everyone there 😀 ).  Below are a few links that reveal and support many of my beliefs regarding STEM education.   Learning Theories *** Discovery Learning – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discovery_learning *** Constructivist…

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CopperCube – Fast & Simple HTML5 & WebGL Interactive 3D Web Content Creator

For those wanting something simple to get the ball rolling with HTML5 & WebGL 3D in your browser, take a peak at CopperCube. Its 3D content creator has a Windows & Mac version, and though its not free or open source its one of the simplest 3DWeb HTML5/WebGL creation tools Ive found. Check them out here: http://www.ambiera.com/coppercube See some demos here: http://www.ambiera.com/coppercube/demo.php

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The Greenbush Advanced Tech Studies

About: The Greenbush Advanced Technology Studies (GATS) Program is a STEM focused, web based online platform focusing on information technology and media skills of the future. The GATS program is intended to instruct both teachers and students how to use advanced technologies, particularly immersive education games, simulations, and 3D immersive media to tell a story, create a conceptual prototype, or even a real product they may have invented. The Greenbush Advanced Technology Studies Program is a student directed and project based approach to the study and development of 21st century and STEM oriented skills and advanced technologies. The students are in charge (with the assistance of their professional mentors) of selecting their project, establishing their project goals and timelines, and completing their projects prior to the end of their 9 week lab. Successful project completion earns the team a lab certification and the ability to enter their…

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Smarttech Includes Edusim UI Features into Notebook 10.8 for Smartboard

Smarttech is rolling in some of the Edusim “3D Immersive Touch”  features into Notebook 10.8 for their Smartboard – most of this UI should be familiar to Edusim users. It currently still lacks the 3D drawing and a few other Edusim innovations but for the most part they have the Edusim concept and UI represented. I worked with them years ago on this and am excited to see it finally come to light. http://vault.smarttech.com/videos/MixedReality/index.html

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Scriptastic Source – Run The Scriptastic Opensim Script Builder From Your Own Web Server

Grab the Scriptastic source (pure HTML, Javascript, CSS), unzip it, and run it from your own web server ! Remember to read the “README” file – ENJOY (all we ask is for a link back to http://GreenbushLabs.com if running it on your server) Grab it here -> http://labs.greenbush.us/scriptastic.zip Preview Scriptastic here -> http://scriptastic.greenbush.us

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