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All Students Can Find Power in Thinking Like Computer Scientists

KQED News Mind/Shift – Katrina Schwartz

“In recent years there’s been a lot of emphasis on teaching kids computer science both in high school and at much younger ages. Computers are an integral part of schools and workplaces; many educators and parents believe learning to code is now a skill akin to learning to write. And as employers recognize that American students aren’t graduating with the skills they need at their companies, there has been a push for more science, technology, engineering and math courses. Computer science has sparked a lot of excitement as a field where well-paid jobs will exist in the future.”(more)

Report: Data science and analytics skills critical for today’s workforce

Education Dive – Autumn A. Arnett

“One of the strongest arguments for a liberal arts education is that it exposes students to a variety of coursework that helps develop soft skills and prepare more well-rounded graduates who will then enter the workforce more agile and prepared for the demands of the workplace. However, a push towards specialization, competency-based education and the overall condensing of the higher education experience in the name of promoting four-year graduation for affordability’s sake has compromised some of this development. There has been a shift from seeing higher education as a vehicle to create well-rounded citizens to now a need to create workers, but the two do not have to be mutually-exclusive.”(more)

How Kids Benefit From Learning To Explain Their Math Thinking

KQED News Mind/Shift – Katrina Schwartz

“Math teachers of older students sometimes struggle to get students to explain their thinking with evidence. It’s hard to get kids in the habit of talking about how they are thinking about a problem when they’ve had many years of instruction that focused on getting the “right answer.” That’s why educators are now trying to get students in the habit of explaining their thinking at a young age. The Teaching Channel captured kindergarten and first grade teachers pushing students to give evidence for their answers in situations where there are several ways to think about a problem.”(more)

20 lessons that incorporate the 4Cs

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“By now, the 4Cs–communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity–are part of most educators’ vocabulary. But it isn’t always easy to put these concepts into practice, especially when the 4Cs can look vary depending on students’ age and ability. At TCEA 2017, Donna Lusby, the K-6 instructional technology coordinator in the Lovejoy ISD shared how her district moved from what she characterized as “hesitant technology integration” to teachers embracing the 4Cs in their lessons.”(more)

First-born children have better thinking skills, study says

The Guardian – Alexandra Topping

“They may be jokingly referred to as PFBs – precious first borns – on popular parenting websites, but a study says first-born children really do reap the benefits of being number one. Research by the University of Edinburgh has found that first-born children have superior thinking skills to their younger siblings because they get more mental stimulation from their parents. While the study found that parents give all their children the same levels of emotional support, the first-born generally received more help with tasks that develop thinking skills.”(more)

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Through STEM

STEM Champ – Staff Writer

“21st century life is one that is characterized by fast paced developments in technology, which influences every aspect of our lives. Therefore technological expertise is without doubt the most desirable skill for future careers. But apart from ensuring competence in STEM careers, STEM learning also ensures the development of certain 21st century life skills that are required by the growing generation to face the world. In the increasingly competitive world of this century, it is necessary that our children be equipped with the prowess to deal with the competition and meet the needs of the time. STEM education teaches these skills to students, leaving them ready and capable to face the world. Reasoning, systems thinking, decision making, critical thinking and problem solving are some of the most significant 21st century skills required by children. Critical thinking and problem solving are skills that students need to develop in need to be able to face the world outside the classroom.”(more)