Teaching high school students computational thinking with hands-on activities

Wei Lin Li, Chiu Fan Hu, Cheng Chih Wu

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Abstract

In this study we developed three hands-on activities to teach high school students computational thinking (CT) and, specifically, the decomposition skills. The activities were designed to enable students to solve problems by using application tools. The computer science concepts utilized in the activities included binary search, quick sort and iteration. We evaluated the effect of the activities utilizing a post- Activity questionnaire, a post- Test, students' worksheets, and semi-structured interviews with the participating students. The results indicated that the hands-on activities developed in this study improved students' CT ability.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationITiCSE 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)9781450342315
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jul 11
Event2016 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITiCSE 2016 - Arequipa, Peru
Duration: 2016 Jul 112016 Jul 13

Publication series

NameAnnual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITiCSE
Volume11-13-July-2016
ISSN (Print)1942-647X

Other

Other2016 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITiCSE 2016
CountryPeru
CityArequipa
Period16/7/1116/7/13

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Keywords

  • Computational thinking
  • Computer science
  • Hands-on

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Education

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Li, W. L., Hu, C. F., & Wu, C. C. (2016). Teaching high school students computational thinking with hands-on activities. In ITiCSE 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITiCSE; Vol. 11-13-July-2016). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/2899415.2925496