Register for ACM India Education Webinar on 27 June with Tim Bell: “Computer Science Unplugged and Computational Thinking - What's the Big Picture?”

June 19, 2020

As we conclude the ACM India Student Webinar series, we are happy to announce the new ACM India Webinar on Education series starting with this session. This series will include talks by eminent educators on topics related to computing education such as computational thinking, education technology, pedagogy and learning. The series will run in parallel with the ACM India Industry Webinar series in an interleaved manner.

Teaching computational thinking at school is a recent phenomenon in India. Since 2016, ACM India's education initiative, CSpathshala, has been promoting computational thinking by providing a curriculum, teaching aids and training to teachers for free. As the inaugural session of the ACM India Webinar Series on Education, CSpathshala brings you a teacher-oriented webinar that presents innovative ways to make the task of teaching computational thinking easier.

Register now for "Computer Science Unplugged and Computational Thinking—What's the Big Picture?", to be presented on Saturday 27 June 2020 at 11 am IST by Tim Bell, Professor at University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Registrations are limited, so please register early and secure your spot. Although this is a teacher-oriented initiative, educators, academicians and industry professionals are welcome to attend the webinar. Feel free to forward this communication to those who would be interested.

Note : You can also stream this webinar on your mobile device, including smartphone and tablet.

Abstract: CS Unplugged is a popular way to engage school-age students with computer science concepts. But how does it fit in with Computational Thinking and learning to program? And how is it best used in a school context? We will review recent research around these issues, and reflect on what the overall goal is of CS education in schools.

Duration : 60 minutes (including audience Q&A)

Dr. Tim Bell is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Canterbury. His "Computer Science Unplugged" project is being widely used internationally and has been translated into over 25 languages. Tim has received many awards for his work in computing education, including the 2018 ACM SIGCSE Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education award. Since 2008 he has been actively involved in the design and deployment of the approach to the teaching of digital technologies in New Zealand schools. He also plays instruments that have black and white keys.

Vipul Shah, Head, Education and Skilling, TCS; Head, CSpathshala