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Computational thinking game site, Kiki is no longer live?!

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by msa969, Feb 27, 2020.

  1. msa969

    msa969 New commenter


    I am looking for a website on computational thinking. My plan is to teach computational thinking to the students using the four key techniques (cornerstones) to computational thinking:


    • decomposition - breaking down a complex problem or system into smaller, more manageable parts


    • pattern recognition – looking for similarities among and within problems


    • abstraction – focusing on the important information only, ignoring irrelevant detail


    • algorithms - developing a step-by-step solution to the problem, or the rules to follow to solve the problem


    Then the plan is to allow the students to play computational activities through games. Previously i used an online site delivered by Kiki

    http://games.thinkingmyself.com/


    However this site is no longer live. I have tried different variations of the site and I am guessing it is no longer live as it is probably outdated and only available as a flash format. Can anyone help with a different computational website that has similar types of game challenges?
     
  2. madcat

    madcat Occasional commenter

  3. msa969

    msa969 New commenter

    Thanks madcat,

    Kiki Prottsman website is very colourful. It does seem to be self-aggrandising without trying to sound disparaging. Kiki does need to eventually monitise on her success and it seems selling books is the best avenue and the project http://games.thinkingmyself.com/ which she started at university education has now been abandoned. I am still in the hunt for an alternative website that will test the four cornerstones of computational thinking, decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction, and algorithms. I put the students on the last 15 minutes on lightbot and they enjoyed this task. Lightbot reinforced teaching of pattern recognition and algorithms especially for those students who got onto part II of lightbot called proc. Anyway I liked http://games.thinkingmyself.com/ because the four techniques were clearly put on individual challenges and it was easy for the students to see the concepts.
     
  4. madcat

    madcat Occasional commenter

    O.K. then. This will probably meet your requirements.
    I must say I'm fairly surprised that this is not more widely known and used (the 2017 and 2018 challenges don't need a login)
    http://www.bebras.uk/
     

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