ISTE’s recent update to Student Standards encompasses an area called Computational Thinker with a primary focus on student who develop and employ strategies for understanding and solving problems in ways that leverage the power of technology methods to develop test solutions. With this being said, we need to reflect on
- What data or problems do we need to strategize and solve?
- What resources of technology do my students have that we could leverage?
- How can everyone do this?
- Is this going to be a beneficial and meaningful learning and teaching experience?
What data/problems do our students need to solve?
In this post I cannot tell you this because I’m not teaching the classroom but I do know you know what is the lesson objective(s) and now want to know what are you next step.
What resources of technology?
Using G Suite for Education there are three awesome and easy tools to get us started.
- Google Forms: tool to create forms, surveys, assessments, and/or any way to collect information. Edu Training Center or G Suite Learning Center
- Google Sheets: spreadsheet tool to view, sort, calculate, disseminate data. Edu Training Center or G Suite Learning Center
- Add-Ons: resources to increase efficiency in Google Docs, Sheets, Forms, Slides, etc.
How can everyone do this?
Simply stating here are the tools is just not going to work for you and it is impossible to know everyone’s level of knowledge and/or comfort level. In 2017 we are very fortunate to have two self guided resources at everyone’s disposal.
- Google for Education Edu Training Center: web resource design to learn G Suite apps as a user and in an educational setting.
- G Suite Learning Center: web resource to learn about the tools, cheat sheets, tips, and faqs.