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Conference Proceedings


2018 IEEE 18th International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT), p.298-300 (2018)


Computational Thinking, Computer aided instruction, computer science education, constructionist learning, custom physical computing tool kit, Education, educational courses, Entry-level undergrads, Gas detectors, Introductory programming, Physical computing, post-secondary education, pre-assembled physical computing tool kits, Programming profession, Programming skills, programming tasks, Task analysis, Teaching, Thinking skills, Tools


Identifying engaging programming tasks to teach computational thinking and programming skills, especially to students of post-secondary education, is a challenging problem for lecturers. Physical computing is a potential solution that provides ample opportunities for creative development of such skills. The availability of pre-assembled physical computing tool kits often do not offer the right level of abstraction and flexibility to suit educator's needs. Consequently, this paper presents the design of a custom physical computing tool kit, Thinker, primarily for learning and teaching computational thinking and programming skills. Prior to design discussions, the context and motivation behind designing Thinker has been presented. Preliminary pilot deployment sessions of Thinker for both teachers and students confirm its potential as an effective tool for both teaching and learning of thinking skills

Cite this Research Publication

Anantha Narayanan V., Dr. Shyamala C. K., and Dr. Shunmuga Velayutham C., “Thinker: A Physical Computing Tool Kit for Computational Thinking”, 2018 IEEE 18th International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT). pp. 298-300, 2018.