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Wing, J.M. ; Comput. Sci. Dept., Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Summary form only given. My vision for the 21st century, Computational Thinking, will be a fundamental skill used by everyone in the world. To reading, writing, and arithmetic, we should add computational thinking to every child's analytical ability. Computational thinking involves solving problems, designing systems, and understanding human behavior by drawing on the concepts fundamental to computer science. Thinking like a computer scientist means more than being able to program a computer. It requires the ability to abstract and thus to think at multiple levels of abstraction. In this talk I will give many examples of computational thinking, argue that it has already influenced other disciplines, and promote the idea that teaching computational thinking can not only inspire future generations to enter the field of computer science but benefit people in all fields.

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Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC), 2011 IEEE Symposium on

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18-22 Sept. 2011