Computational thinking moves students from users of technology to creators with technology. At its core, computational thinking encompasses complex problem-solving by which students analyze and visualize data and experiment with and amplify solutions. 

Beyond the functional application of technology to solve and create, computational thinking also cultivates a mindset that imbues experimentation—perseverance, growth, and collaboration. And these competencies feed social and emotional learning (SEL). Indeed, as schools and districts continue to prioritize SEL, computational thinking is a meaningful program to support students’ social and emotional growth. 

In this webinar, Jeff Meyer, Director of Education for Learning.com, and Naomi Veak, Training Manager, will:

  • Demystify computational thinking and the mindset it encourages;
  • Illustrate the connections between computational thinking and social and emotional learning;
  • Share ideas to foster the connection between developing social and emotional learners and computational thinking;
  • Provide resources to start teaching computational thinking in ways that support social and emotional learning.

About the Presenters

jeff-meyer

Jeff Meyer is the Director of Education for Learning.com and resident product expert for their digital literacy solutions. Jeff has 35 years of experience working in education as a public-school teacher and coach, district curriculum and technology director, and administrator. He is passionate about the need to transform education using data-based, inquiry-driven approaches and digital resources, especially with urban students and educators. He works to identify best practices for internal and external audiences.

Naomi-Veak
Naomi Veak is the Lead Training Manager at Learning.com. She served in several capacities within public education, including voluntarily creating and running an after-school tutoring program, working as a paraprofessional, and several years teaching middle school math and science. Naomi has a Master's in Education, and has done graduate level work in Teaching Adult Learners.