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Learning to Think Like a Computer

Turning People Smarter by Making Theme Think Like a Computer

Can we think just like the computer and become smarter in the process? This isn’t a farfetched theory rather it has already been put to use to train the younger generation in becoming more sync with the computational knowledge and learning for the further advancement of the human race.

Simple and easy to use and learn programs has started emerging all across the world which helps in younger people get acquainted with the core computational procedures and study without being extremely complex or mind boggling.

Some of the researchers are making use of the cooking in order to get around all-important concept in the field of the computer science, which is ‘abstraction’.

It is worth noting that concealing the layers of information helps in getting through the intersection of things without the need of knowing and understanding everything related to the large picture. Abstraction helps in doing away with the complicated system required to understand the intricate working of any computer application, program or software and it also helps in enhancing the knowledge of the users without getting down to extreme basics.

To be truthful the computational thinking has just started captivating the educators which includes not just the kindergarten teacher but also the ones in the colleges. It brings a chance of learning a new language and orientations which eventually leads to tackling problems in real life scenarios with better judgment and understanding.

Thinking like a computer isn’t a new thing

It would come as surprise that the computational thinking isn’t a new think. I was first pioneered by an artificial intelligence and MIT professor named Seymour Papert who came up with this term way back in 1980. He brought forward the idea of how children can make use of the computers to learn new thinks. However the computational thinking was made popular by the Jeanette M. Wing who was in charge of the basic research at Microsoft.

Existing children programs

A children program has been initiated at the Eliot Pearson Children’s School wherein actual blocks are used. The wooden blocks have been created by a child development & computer science professor going by the name of Marina Umaschi Bers. These wooden blocks comes with instruction like spin, forward and shake which are actually used in order to program small robots. These small robots has small and wheeled cards which comes with built in scanners and the sequence or instruction stated on the blocks helps in forming the robot. So the children starts with the green block which acts as begin command and finishes with the red block.

The steps taken by the Dr. Bers has been appreciated by all as her children based activities helps in making children familiar with the basic computing at a very young age. Her approach will help the next generation of human kind in consciously or unconsciously absorbing the computation thinking skills and abilities and it will result in getting highly intelligent digital beings.

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